Read the Powerful Words From Women Who Have Changed and Are Changing the World


By Buck (Photographer) Library of Congress -Public Domain, Wikicommons.

To celebrate the beginning of Woman’s History Month, I decided to look for quotes from some (not all) of the most powerful and inspiring women that have changed the world. Actresses, astronauts, first ladies, activists, and noble peace prize winners have all made the list. Every women on this list is unique in profession, background, and the era she is from. Yet, all of them stand or stood for the same thing: the fight for gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women everywhere. I hope this post will inspire you, just as these women and their words have inspired me.

Susan B. Anthony

Women’s Suffrage Activist (1820-1906)

By Taylor, S. A. – Library of Congress, Public Domain, Wikicommons 

“We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that belong to the citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”

Rosa Parks

  Black Rights & Women Rights Activist (1913-2005)

By Unknown – USIA / National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306, Public Domain, Wikicommons.

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”

Emma Watson

UN Women’s Ambassador & Actress (1990-Now)

By Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikicommons 

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time we perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing set of ideals.”

Maya Angelou 

Poet & Activist (1928-2014)

By Staff photographer – William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Public Domain, Wikicommons.

“Each time a women stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

Amy Poehler

Actress & Comedian (1971-Now)

By Peabody Awards – Amy Poehler, CC BY 2.0,Wikicommons 

 “When you do talk about yourself, or talk to yourself…try to picture you talking to your own daughter, or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she is beautiful, and you wouldn’t be lying. Because she is. And so are you.”

Malala Yousafzai

Women’s Activist & Noble Peace Prize Winner (1997-Now)

By DFID – UK Department for International Development – Malala Yousafzai: Education for girls, CC BY 2.0, Wikicommons.

“Extremists have shown what frightens them the most: A girl with a book.”

Sandra Day O’Conner 

First Female Supreme Court Justice (1930-Now)

By Unattributed – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division, Public Domain, Wikicommons

“The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not my gender.”

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady (1964-Now)

By Joyce N. Boghosian, White House photographer –  Public Domain, WikiCommons 

“There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education. If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States.”

Sally Ride

First Female Astronaut (1951-2012)

By NASA –  Public Domain, Wikicommons

“Young girls need to see role models in whichever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can’t be what you can’t see.”

Eleanor Roosevelt 

Activist & Former First Lady (1884-1962)

By Unknown or not provided – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, Wikicommons

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”



Mary Claire is a 17 year old student and writer who loves politics, campfire smores, traveling, classic movies, and new music.

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