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27 EMPOWERING QUOTES THAT UNDERLINE THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

March is a wonderful month for so many reasons. For one thing, you’re well-settled into the year and no longer suffering from the post-holiday blues (well, probably), but more importantly, it’s Women’s History Month. First declared in the United States, it quickly caught on in the rest of the world, especially as International Women’s Day is also celebrated across the globe on March 8.

The theme for this year is: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights, which aligns with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality.

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From German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, here is a powerful selection of sayings that recognise, embrace and celebrate the strength and value of a woman.

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

“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

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.” – Oprah Winfrey

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“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” – Marissa Mayer

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

“If you’re one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.” – Reese Witherspoon

“I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.” – Beyoncé

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

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“If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free.” – Emma Watson

“Women have to harness their power—it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” – Cher

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

“As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.” – Madonna

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

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“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

“With each generation, women’s ability to live the lives they choose reaches a place their grandmothers never thought possible. But that doesn’t mean everything is perfect or that our work is finished.” – Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“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

“You could certainly say that I’ve never underestimated myself. There’s nothing wrong with being ambitious.” – Angela Merkel

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

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen

“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

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson

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“I think to allow your girl child to leave the house without a sense of self-worth is setting them up for failure.” – Pearl Thusi

“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’” – Erin McKean

“Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.” – Gloria Steinem

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

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