Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women

Each day women fight for gender equality (power dynamics of race, class, sexuality and more). Fortunately, we have powerful women who represent us, who fight for us, who remind us how special we are. These women are truly an inspiration and we can’t miss this opportunity to say thank you to all the women out there who support and defend women. Read on for some of our favorite empowering feminist quotes by amazing women.

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.”

Beyoncé at Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. (Photo by Pete Sekesan via Wikimedia Commons)

“Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.”

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato performing at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on September 10, 2016. (Photo by Ralph Arvesen via Wikimedia Commons)
Demi Lovato performing at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on September 10, 2016 (Photo by Ralph Arvesen via Wikimedia Commons)

“People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me.”

Princess Diana
Empowering Feminist Quotes from Princess Diana
Princess Diana Princess of Wales 1997 Washington D.C. (Photo by John Mathew Smith on Wikimedia Commons)

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

Coco Chanel
Empowering Feminist Quotes from Coco Chanel
Queen of Iconic Design Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, 1968, in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris (Photo by Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo)

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah in Miami on her "The Life You Want" tour (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Oprah in Miami on her “The Life You Want” tour (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

Mae West

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Mother Theresa
Empowering Feminist Quotes from Mother Theresa
Mother Theresa (Photo by Turelio via Wikimedia Commons)

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

Nora Ephron

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“To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Hillary Clinton
Empowering Feminist Quotes from Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton affirmed her status as front-runner for the Democratic presidential nominations with a speech at Jacob Javits Center (Photo by A Katz on Shutterstock)

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

Margaret Thatcher

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” 

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling (Photo by S. Macken via Wikimedia Commons)
J.K. Rowling (Photo by S. Macken via Wikimedia Commons)

“I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

Madonna Rebel Heart Tour 2015 – Stockholm (Photo by Chrisweger via Wikimedia Commons)

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

Gloria Steinem

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer”

Rihanna during the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock)

“I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen”

Emma Watson

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

We hope you’re feeling motivated by these empowering feminist quotes! If we missed one of your favorites let us know in the comments below.

Words by Rita Archer