18 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspirational (Badass) Women

Get your Pin button ready. We’ve rounded up 18 feminist quotes from badass women you know and love that are shaping pop culture today. From women like Yara Shahidi, Oprah Winfrey, and Ava Duvernay just to name a few. These quotes will make you want to jump out the bed and change the world. Talk about a wake-up call.

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
Sophia Amoruso

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
Malala Yousafzai

“We have to find new ways to work without permission, new ways to turn corners and go through doors that are closed off to us to create our own audiences and our own material independently.”
Ava Duvernay

“Being apart of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl. It’s more than, ‘I stand for this because I should.’ I stand for this because it’s part of who I am as a human being.”
-Yara Shahidi

“I realized if I didn’t love the woman I saw in the mirror then there was no way I was going to be successful.”
Ashley Graham

“Real happiness can’t find us if we aren’t truthful with ourselves and to ourselves.”
– Keke Palmer

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

“It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down. We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and our bodies have a function.”
― Emma Watson

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

“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


“I still get a little nervous when I have to FIRMLY stand up for myself. I STILL do it though…”
– Myleik Teele


“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.”
— Beyonce

“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine, and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.”
— Beyoncé


“Do whatever you have to do. People always want to tell you how to do it. No, do it your way. And don’t ask for like oh how can you do it … do it, figure it out. I figured it out one way or another and I did it.”
Cardi B.

“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

 

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