Happy Women’s History Month!

Stay inspired all March and all year long with these inspirational quotes by (and about) women, past, and present. Write these on post it notes and put them on your mirror. Write it in your planner. Commit it to memory, if it stands out to you, and turn to it in times of need. Turn to quotes like these when you feel down, when you question your way forward, or when you worry there’s no way out. Turn to quotes like these when you want to feel strong, to feel empowered, to feel worthy. And turn to quotes like these regardless of your politics, your race, or your age. 

I hope you’ll find something in these nineteen quotes to inspire you this Women’s History Month, and beyond. 

  • “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair” – Shirley Chisholm

  • “I wear heels and it’s not for a fashion statement, it’s ammunition” – Nikki Haley

  • “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcher

  • “Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give”–Barbara Bush

  • “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default” – JK Rowling

  • “The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender” – Sandra Day O’Connor

  • “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” – Edith Wharton

  • “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • “There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it” – Alice Paul

  • “I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you” – Reese Witherspoon

  • “Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner” – Cher

  • “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for” –Grace Hopper

  • “One had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap” – Ida B Wells-Barnett

  • “I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don’t think anyone will deny us” – Louisa May Alcott

  • “Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too” – Meryl Streep

  • “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world” – Adlai Stevenson, about Eleanor Roosevelt

  • “I’ve had to take a hard look at myself, my flaws, my strengths, and, mostly, the things I’ve let hold me back” – Hannah Brown

  • Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” – Princess Diana of Wales

  • Figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story” – Ava Duverney

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member