100+ International Women’s Day Quotes for Empowering Women

Who are the strongest women in your life? While supporting and celebrating your gal pals is something you do year-round, a day set aside to commemorate strong women around the world is a holiday we can get on-board with! International Women’s Day is a global holiday dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, calling for a gender-equal world. The day marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

We have rounded up over 100 International Women’s Day quotes to inspire you to cheer on the empowered ladies in your life every day! Prior to jumping in, let’s learn more about the origin of International Women’s Day and look back at the advancements women have made.

History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s stemming from a time of political unrest and beginning when 15,000 women marching through New York demanding voting and workers rights. By 2014, it was celebrated in more than 100 countries, and had been made an official holiday in more than 25 countries.

So what do you say to a strong woman on Women’s Day? Use our guide to offer an empowering greeting or message to every strong woman you come across. Browse our list of over 100 different International Women’s Day quotes or jump straight to specific categories like inspirational strong women quotes for more personal greetings!

International Women’s Day Quotes

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Let’s kick off this list with quotes created by and for the holiday itself! These messages have been commonly heard at marches, during inspirational talks and in empowering speeches given by some of the most active and most celebrated women in history. Find the perfect International Women’s Day quote for the woman who’s words and actions empower you!

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

  2. “I’m grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”  – Maya Angelou, Poet

  3. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

  4. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa, Activist

  5. “Women’s value has been under-recognized for far too long.” – Sidney Sheldon, Writer

  6. “You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.” –Unknown

  7. “She wasn’t looking for a knight. She was looking for a sword.” – Atticus, Poet

  8. “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

  9. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

  10. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” Hillary Clinton, American politician

  11. “Women are made to be loved, not understood.” – Oscar Wilde, Poet

  12. “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, Feminist

  13. “Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” – R.H. Sin, Author

  14. “I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley, Novelist

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

Inspirational Quotes for Strong Women

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There’s a strong woman in all of us, so this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate her! Use this list of inspirational strong women quotes that inspire courage and acknowledge women who don’t fear a challenge!

  1. “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

  2. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” Melinda Gates, American philanthropist

  3. “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, Civil rights activist

  4. “You cannot be broken because you are a diamond, tougher than nails and a jewel in the rough.” – Unknown

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

  6. “Like anything learned, bravery needs to be practiced.” Caroline Paul, Author

  7. “She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” –R.H. Sin, Author

  8. “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” – Unknown

  9. “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

  10. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” Serena Williams, Athlete

  11. “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, Singer/Songwriter

  12. “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey, Filmmaker

Quotes About Women Empowerment

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For the female who lifts others before herself, a special greeting is needed. Use one of the following female empowerment quotes for the woman who supports others with her wisdom and grace.

  1. A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” – Loretta Young, Actress

  2. “Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” – Unknown

  3. “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” – Unknown

  4. “I am a woman, what’s your superpower?” – Unknown

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

  6. “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” – Beyonce, Singer

  7. “When women support each other, incredible things happen.” – Unknown

  8. “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.” Viola Davis, Actress

  9. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn, Actress

  10. “She believed she could, so she did.” – Unknown

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

  12. “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” – Margaret Fuller, American journalist

  13. “I don’t know a woman alive who isn’t courageous.” – Reese Witherspoon, Actress

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

  15. “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” – Gloria Steinem, Journalist

  16. “Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” – Unknown

  17. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” – Unknown

  18. “She promised better things for herself, so she sought out those things and never looked back.” –  Unknown

  19. “Some days, she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day, it still gets done.” – Unknown

Positive Quotes for Women

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During hard times, staying positive can be the strongest thing someone can do. Celebrate the lady in your life who always keeps a smile on her face no matter what challenges she faces with these positive quotes for women!

  1. “The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence.” –Blake Lively, Actress

  2. “Strong back.  Soft front. Wild heart. Just be you.” –Brene Brown, Professor

  3. “Be the woman you needed as a girl.” –Unknown

  4. “You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.” Hillary Clinton, American politician

  5. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou, Poet

  6. “Females are strong as hell.”  – Unknown

  7. “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.” –Unknown

  8. “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” Audrey Hepburn, Actress

  9. “A woman is like a tea bag: You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady of the United States

  10. “You are a woman; that is your superpower.” – Unknown

  11. “Find out who you are and be that person.” Ellen Degeneres, Comedian

  12. “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer

Successful Women Quotes

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Capture the spirit of this holiday by wishing a lady boss you know a “Happy International Women’s Day” celebratory message with one of our successful women quotes.

  1. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton, America politician

  2. “Success if only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

  3. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey, Executive

  4. “There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” – Ginger Rogers, Actress

  5. “Behind every successful woman, is herself”. – Unknown

  6. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart, Aviator

  7. “Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher, Singer

  8. “If you have a dream, make it a goal.” – Unknown

  9. “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister

  10. “I can and I will. Watch me.” – Carrie Green, Entrepreneur

  11. “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” – W.E.B. Dubois, Sociologist

Motivational Quotes for Women

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If you come across a lady who needs a little pep-talk on this day, use one of our motivational quotes for women to inspire resilience! Reminder her of her greatness with one of these encouraging quotes for women!

  1. “To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can.” – Spanish Proverb

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

  3. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry, Poet

  4. “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist

  5. “Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” – Unknown

  6. “We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” – Unknown

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

  8. “You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar

  9. “Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” – Unknown

  10. “Don’t stop until you’re proud.” – Unknown

  11. “In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California

  12. “Stop waiting to find the light at the end of the tunnel and be the light for yourself.” – Unknown

  13. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.” Serena Williams, Athlete

Inspiring Quotes for Young Women

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Raising strong girls means empowering them while they are young! Use these inspiring quotes for young women to share how much they can sparkle and shine!

  1. “The best protection any woman can have is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Social Activist

  2. “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” Ellen Degeneres, Comedian

  3. “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” – Simone De Beauvoir, Writer

  4. “As soon as I had enough agency in my life to grow up, I became who I am.” Janet Mock, Writer

  5. “Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside” Coco Chanel, Fashion Designer

  6. “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book.” Malala Tousafzai, Pakistani activist

  7. “Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” Mary Anne Radmacher, Author

  8. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” J.K. Rowling, Author

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

  10. “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” – Unknown

  11. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown

  12. “Where there is a woman, there is magic.” –  Ntozake Shange, Playwright

  13. “A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel, Designer

  14. “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” – Emma Watson, Actress

  15. “Sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince.” – Samuel Lowe, Finding Samuel Lowe

  16. “I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist

  17. “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” Toni Morrison, Author

  18. “She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos, and you can see it in her eyes.” – Unknown

  19. “Know what your worth is and then add tax to that amount.” – Unknown

Although the holiday comes once a year, use these International Women’s Day quotes everyday to inspire the female leaders that surround you to keep pushing forward and promoting positive change! All it takes is a simple uplifting greeting, a thoughtful text or writing one of our warm wishes on a card that reminds the strong women in your life to celebrate themselves. For more ideas on how to support and treat lady leaders, browse our creative gifts and celebratory International Women’s Day flowers that wish warm thoughts without saying a word.