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150 Inspirational Quotes for Women on Strength and Leadership

Norbert Juma
Published on July 14, 2020 6:15 AM EST
150 Inspirational Quotes for Women on Strength and Leadership

Get inspired to channel your inner warrior princess with these awesome quotes for women. You are strong, confident and courageous, and these powerful quotes will serve as your perfect reminder of just that!

Contrary to the belief that this is a male-dominated world, women provide the foundation of power, grace, wisdom, justice, creativity, and hope.

150 Inspirational Quotes for Women on Strength and Leadership

Women are known to have better intuition, patience, emotional focus, compassion and networking ability. The list of female strengths is endless.

Throughout history, the world has witnessed many great women of strength who managed to tap into their Everyday Power to leave an indelible mark on society. Reading words of wisdom from such amazing women can inspire you to become a strong woman yourself, who approaches life with confidence.

The inspirational quotes for women below are filled with wisdom that will awaken hope, ambition, faith and inner strength. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed compiling them.

Don’t forget to also read our collection of Brené Brown quotes for more inspiration. We also have a selection of powerful quotes about being strong and women empowerment quotes.

Inspirational quotes for women on strength and leadership

1. “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 (see more quotes for girls)

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2. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young

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3. “Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.” – Yulia Tymoshenko

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4. “Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga

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5. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J. K. Rowling

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6. “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh*t to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer

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7. “It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.”  – Taylor Swift

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8. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez (see more quotes from Jennifer Lopez)

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9. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

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10. “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Atticus

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Inspirational quotes for women that empower

11. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony

Inspirational quotes for women about passion

12. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b*tch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”— Maya Angelou

Inspirational quotes for women about life

13. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton

Inspirational quotes for women about growth

14. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai

Inspirational quotes for women about self belief

15. “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.”– Al Anon

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16. “The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”– Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Inspirational quotes for women about courage

17. “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” –Janis Joplin

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18. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”– Alice Walker

Inspirational quotes for women about success

19. “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

Inspirational quotes for women to empower you

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

Inspirational quotes for women about potential

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21. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez

Inspirational quotes for women about self doubt

22. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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23. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” ~ Melissa Etheridge

Inspirational quotes for women about beauty

24. “Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” ~ Byron Katie

Inspirational quotes for women about self confidence

25. “The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.”– Arlene Rankin

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26. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”– Oprah Winfrey

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27. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”– Rosalynn Carter

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28. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook

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29. “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”— Grace Hopper

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30. “It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” — Byron Katie

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Inspirational quotes for women about success

31. “Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” –Tory Burch

32. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”— Florence Nightingale

33. “What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.”— Meryl Streep

34. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney

35. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

36. “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” – Melinda Gates

37. Successful women are not liked. I think the biggest danger for women in science is colleagues who are not as good as you are.” –  Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

38. “Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.” – Yulia Tymoshenko

39. “Success as a woman has changed me. That’s what I feel is the first thing. When I feel like a successful woman as a rounded human being, then it feeds my work in a broader way so it becomes more interesting.”- Jacqueline Bisset

40. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” — Estée Lauder

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41. “Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – Pink

42. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”– Margaret Thatcher

43. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.”– Rhonda Hansome

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44. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

45. “I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”— Mary Wollstonecraft

46. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”— Melinda Gates

47. “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”— Louisa May Alcott

48. “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.”— Dr. Mae Jemison

49. “Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.”— Shonda Rhimes

50. “Power is not given to you. You have to take it.”—Beyoncé Knowles

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51. “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” ― Jane Austen (Read more Jane Austen quotes.)

52. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë

53. “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” ― Brigham Young

54. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron

55. “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir…mighty scarce.” ― Mark Twain

56. “As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” ― Virginia Woolf

57. “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ” ― Roseanne Barr

58. “No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God!” ― T D Jakes

59. “A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.” ― George Meredith

60. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
Diane Von Furstenberg

Inspirational quotes for women on empowerment

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

62. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg

63. “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

64. “Women must learn to play the game as men do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

66. “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” – Janelle Monáe

67. “I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” – Diane von Furstenberg

68. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.” – Helen Keller

69. “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going—let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.” – Hillary Clinton

70. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” – Michelle Obama

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

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

73. “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

74. “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” – Kamala Harris

75. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

76. “I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

77. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

78. “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” – Toni Morrison

79. “Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi

80. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard-work and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.” – Susana Martinez

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81. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou 

82. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

83. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf 

84. “The king may rule the kingdom, but it’s the queen who moves the board.” – D.M. Timney

85. “Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde 

86. “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” –  Diane Mariechild

87. “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley 

88. “Do not tame the wolf inside you just because you’ve met someone who doesn’t have the courage to handle you.” – Belle Estreller

89. “If you don’t live your life, then who will?” – Rihanna

90. “Embrace everything you are as a woman. Even your flaws too. And the things that you want to fix, you make them better.” – Kelly Rowland

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Inspirational quotes for women to live by

91. “They tried to bury us; they did not know we were the seeds.” – Mexican Proverb

92. “She is water. Soft enough to offer life, tough enough to drown it away.” –  Rupi Kaur

93. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. – Unknown 

94. “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

95. “One isn’t born courageous, one becomes it.” – Marjane Satrapi

96. “The only way you can grow is to let yourself make mistakes and create contradictions.” – Nikki Giovanni

97. “Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.” ― Janice Trachtman

98. “There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.” – Rita Dove

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99. “Strong women need not declare they can carry all the burdens in life. They just quietly do it and survive with a smile.” –  Princess Maleiha Bajunaid Candao

100. “I did what my conscience told me to do, and you can’t fail if you do that.” – Anita Hill

Empowering and inspirational quotes for women

101. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde

102. “Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life … including you.”– Kelly Rudolph

103. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

104. “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” – Iyanla Vanzant

105. “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

106. “You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.” – Diana Ross

107. “Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” – Stacy London

108. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph

109. “You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” – Tina Fey

110. “You can fall, but you can rise also.” – Angelique Kidjo

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111. “I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” – Princess Diana

112. “Creating the culture of burnout is the opposite of creating a culture of sustainable creativity.” – Arianna Huffington

113. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” –Michelle Obama

114. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” – Faye Wattleton

115. “There’s no situation — none — that isn’t improved with a couple of laughs. Everybody needs laughs.” – Julia Louis-Dreyfus

116. “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” – Barbara Corcoran

117. “The more you can be authentic, the happier you’re going to be, and life will work itself around that.” — Melinda Gates

118. “Strategic leaders must not get consumed by the operational and tactical side of their work.” – Stephanie S. Mead

119. “Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different.” – Indra Nooyi

120. “The most important words that have helped me in life, when things have gone right or when things have gone wrong, are ‘accept responsibility.'” – Billie Jean King

Motivational and inspirational quotes for women

121. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

122. “Amazing things happen when women help other women.” – Kasia Gospos

123. “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them.” – Louisa May Alcott

124. “A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with” – Ellen J. Barrier

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125. “The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.” – Charles Malik

126. “You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead

127. “Women are the real architects of society.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

128. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick

129. “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” – Betty Smith

130. “One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Inspirational quotes for women to help you reach your potential

131. “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

132. “Once you know who you are, you don’t have to worry anymore.” —Nikki Giovanni

133. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

134. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” —Gina Carey

135. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates

136. “There were times I was underestimated a lot. It gave me a unique benefit.” —Elaine Welteroth

137. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” – Emma Stone

138. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Serena Williams

139. “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then” – Diana Ross

140. “Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.” —Simone Biles

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141. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder

142. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

143. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran

144. “You can be the lead in your own life.” – Kerry Washington

145. “You can waste your life drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes

146. “The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole.” – Jane Fonda

147. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong

148. “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” – Thuli Madonsela

149. “You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else.” – Chris Evert

150. “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

Which of these inspirational quotes for women was your favorite?

Whenever a woman needs to develop self-confidence it’s important to have a couple of strong, independent women to look up to.

Reading their words of wisdom is a great way to not only encourage and empower yourself but to also celebrate and promote the achievements of the amazing women around us. Hopefully, the quotes above have inspired you to become the woman you were meant to be.

Did you enjoy these inspirational quotes for women? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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    Juste Moi

    September 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Why is, ” I Am Human” by Maya Angelou not at the top of this list?

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    Monroe

    July 30, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” I believe that & what a way to put it Anais Nin. Thank you

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    Shem

    June 29, 2019 at 5:14 AM

    Thanks. Just what I need to keep pushing forward

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    Debbie

    June 28, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    My favorite: “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schemer We need to teach our girls, and ourselves, to take control of our story, and not let other people decide who we are.

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    Olivia Mifsud

    March 8, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    Anne Sweeney’s quote is so true… we base our idea of success on other people’s … your own success might be very different but none the less important. Keeping a family together, dealing with daily pain, illness. Helping others. Succeeding in life is not all glitzy and shiny, sometimes succeeding is just winning the daily battle 💕

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    Brian McCaughey

    February 25, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Arianna Huffington-We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

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      Bernadette Medhurst

      June 16, 2019 at 4:58 PM

      Lady Gaga, number 4. Not a huge fan but totally respect her strength and courage to do what she wants.Her words are an inspirational and she is bloody well right. Thank you. Needed this today.

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