Every day, I come across several quotes by prominent women and find myself inspired and enamoured by their courage and their words. They don’t simply talk about what is to be a woman, but also to be a human. In their versatile experiences of being women in the incredibly different way in which they live their lives is a symbol of hope - women are powerful enough to be what they want to be, even if sometimes it takes more work than others.
I have learnt to be patient, kind and powerful, all at the same time. From people who have worked hard and risen through the ranks in the legal system to actors who have beat racism - women all over the world have had a hand in teaching me how to be the truest form of a woman - myself.
The more I express, the more I accept myself and realise that I am perfect just as I am, the empowered I feel. Being myself is the best thing I have ever had the chance of being and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
I have collated some of the most empowering quotes by women that I have come across and I hope that everyone reading strong woman quotes this is able to incorporate the power they exude through their words into their lives and be happier and more powerful versions of themselves.
1. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, second female justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
2. “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate
3. “The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow.” -- Kiran Bedi, Indian Politician
4. “I do not take success and failure seriously. The only thing I do seriously is marching forward. If I fall, I get up and march again.” -- Kareena Kapoor Khan, Indian Actress.
‘Gratitude, respect and pride, these words sum up how I feel about the people of this country and the Commonwealth.’
‘Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation.’
‘Why are women expected to beam all the time? It’s unfair. If a man looks solemn, it’s automatically assumed he’s a serious person, not a miserable one.’
‘True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.’
‘Whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.’
‘It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all.’
[On the late Duke of Edinburgh:] ‘He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’
‘Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.’
‘It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.’
[In her special address during the UK’s first coronavirus lockdown:] ‘We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.’