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10 Empowering Quotes To Inspire You This Women's Equality Day

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From the Suffragettes to Beyoncé, there have always been strong women who've made huge impacts on the feminist movement. They push for equality, telling the world how important we are when it tries to make us seem inferior. Women’s Equality Day is August 26th, and in honor of that, we’re celebrating the women who push for fairness in our world. We hope to inspire you with powerful quotes that paved the way for feminism! 
 
 

“We can do it!”–Rosie The Riveter


Rosie the Riveter is a social and cultural icon from World War II. Her image was used to recruit women in factories and shipyards due to men joining the military. She inspired women to get out of the house, thus becoming one of the most iconic images of working women. 
 

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”—Angela Davis


Angela Davis
is a professor, author, and advocate for gender equality, prison reform, and civil rights. She wrote the book, Women, Race, and Class (1980) and Women, Culture, and Politics (1989), which both examine the critical issues in a woman’s life. 
 

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” –Maya Angelou


You might know Maya Angelou as a poet, but she was more than just lyrical verses. She was also an author, screenwriter, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Due to her impactful words, she was the first African-American woman to win many groundbreaking awards.
 

“Women are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace—all we need is a fighting chance.” –Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton is a politician, diplomat, and a former First Lady of the United States. While in this position Clinton advocated for health care reform and gender equality. At a young age, she was taught to chase her dreams regardless of her gender, which is closely tied to her strong push for gender equality. 
 

“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 the world.” –Beyoncé


Beyoncé is one of the most well-known artists today. Besides her musicality and mastery of live performance, Beyoncé advocates against racism and for women's equality. Whether she is in a recording booth or in an interview, Beyoncé aims to change lives with her voice. 
 

“It’s time we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are.” –Emma Watson


While most popularly known for her acting skills, Emma Watson is also a model and a women's activist. A proud feminist, Watson launched the HeforShe campaign, and she encourages young women to live up to their potential by stressing the importance of female leadership and success. 
 

“Like any organizer worth their salt, I’m open to critique, but I won’t be bullied or treated badly. I’m an imperfect hum, and as such, I have a proclivity to make mistakes. And while I make mistakes, I am not my mistakes.” –Patrisse Cullors


Patrisse Cullors
is an artist, popular public speaker, and an impactful activist. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and she a New York Times bestselling author. Since she was 16 years old Cullors has formed close connections with young, queer women who are dealing with the struggles of poverty, sexism, and racism in the US.  
 

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” –Malala Yousafzai


Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, is well known for her intersectional view on feminism. She equates feminism with equality, forming a strong fanbase and voice around the world. 
 

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist and well-known feminist. In 2012, she gave famous a Ted talk named “We Should All be Feminist” to highlight the struggles of her life as an American feminist and her views on gender equality.

 
 

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fall. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the richest African-American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire. She has also been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and due to her huge success, she has even been considered the most influential woman in the world. 
 
In a world dominated by male performance, it is important that we uplift the importance of women’s equality and success. These women have paved paths for future women to follow for years. They want all women to value themselves while also working equally with men to positively change the world. We hope these quotes inspire you to do the same, and maybe even more. 

Do you have a favorite quote from a strong woman you admire? Share it with us in the comments below.

SOUL REPORTER | Shelby Wingate is a rising senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. The extremely competitive athlete plays basketball and runs track for her school. While she does love sports, Shelby uses her competitive nature to excel in academics and will apply that same drive when she attends college to major in Journalism or Communications and minor in French.