Feminist Quotes To Inspire Women To Pursue Their Dreams
March 8, 2023 5:16 AM EST
These feminist quotes will motivate you to live your life to the fullest!
Being a feminist is defined as striving for equality between sexes in all matters, including the political, economic, personal, and social fields.
Many people believe that the first person to begin the feminist movement was Mary Wollstonecraft in 1792 when she released her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Feminism is generally divided into four “waves” split into the 19th and 20th centuries, the mid-20th century, the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and the period of 2012 through the present.
Some of the best-known feminists are Maya Angelou, Susan B. Anthony, Angela Davis, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Although feminism has focused on different social matters at different times, the end goal is equality between men and women.
Take a look at these feminist quotes to learn more about feminism.
Best Feminist Quotes for Strong Women
Enjoy some of the most popular quotes for and from strong women.
1. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou
2. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” — Marge Piercy
3. “She was a wild one; always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toes on.” — Kaitlin Foster
4. “I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.” — Calamity Jane
5. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
6. “I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton
7. “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” — Malala Yousafzai
8. “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” — Maya Angelou
9. “Feminism is for everybody” — Bell Hooks
10. “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” — Nancy Rathburn
Feminist Quotes from the Past
Take a look at the words from strong women of the past.
11. “Women are the real architects of society.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe
12. “I think the degree of a nation’s civilization may be measured by the degree of enlightenment of its women.” — Helen Keller
13. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
14. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher
15. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks
16. “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie
17. “The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.” — Virginia Woolf
18. “We want rights. The flour-merchant, the house-builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeavor to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the difference.” — Lucy Stone
19. “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” — Abigail Adams
20. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” — Anne Frank
Feminist Quotes from Famous Women
Singers, actresses, politicians, and more have weighed in with their thoughts and beliefs on feminism.
21. “Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.” — Michelle Obama
22. “Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” — Pink
23. “Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else.” — Angelina Jolie
24. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” — Judy Garland
25. “A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” — Carly Simon
26. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.” — Emma Watson
27. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” — Melinda Gates
28. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.” — Emma Watson
29. “I believe the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st Century.” — Hillary Clinton
30. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright
Empowering Feminist Quotes
These women have worked to motivate and inspire other women through their words and actions.
31. “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now; it’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” — Maya Angelou
32. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” — Beyoncé
33. “My advice, as in everything, is to read widely and think for yourself. We need more dissent and less dogma.” — Camille Paglia
34. “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
35. “Of course, I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
36. “Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.” — Sheryl Sandberg
37. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go.” — Sheila Murray Bethel
38. “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
39. “To all the little girls who are watching, 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.” — Hilary Clinton
40. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” — Kavita Ramdas
Feminist Quotes on the Beauty of Women
More strong words from women on the strength and beauty of women.
41. “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong.” — Amy Schumer
42. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant to be your own person, be independent.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
43. “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” — Maya Angelou
44. “I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” — Meryl Streep
45. “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
46. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong; it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D. Anderson
47. “The emerging woman … will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied … strength and beauty must go together.” — Louisa May Alcott
48. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” — Brigham Young
49. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” — Viola Davis
50. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong; I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn
Do All Women Agree With the Feminist Movement?
The answer to the question above is no; not all women agree with the current movement, but most all women agree that the sexes should be equal.
There is a group of women that may not be “anti-feminist,” but they believe that equality has been reached in many areas and do not agree with some of the goals of modern feminists.
This movement is called postfeminism and mainly encompasses changing viewpoints of the movement since the 1980s.
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