Women Empowerment Sayings and Quotes

Women’s empowerment isn’t just a catchy slogan, it’s a key factor in the social and economic success of nations. When women succeed, everyone benefits. Women’s rights and gender equality have come a long way, from Susan B. Anthony in the suffrage movement to young activist Malala Yousafzai. Below you’ll find a collection of the best, wise, and inspirational women empowerment quotes.


Women and girls have always faced hurdles. But that’s never stopped us. We’ve sacrificed, fought, campaigned, succeeded, been knocked back, and succeeded again. In a race for justice, we’ve leapt over countless obstacles to win our rights.     

Emma Watson

Women share this planet fifty-fifty and they are underrepresented, their potential astonishingly untapped.     

Emma Watson

Hey girl, hey girl / We can make it easy if we lift each other / Hey girl, hey girl / We don't need to keep on one-in' up another / Hey girl, hey girl / Hey girl, hey girl / If you lose your way / Just know that I got you     

Florence Leontine

I hadn't been aware that there were doors closed to me until I started knocking on them.     

Gertrude B. Elion

You know, there's nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. There are a lot of strong women you do not see who are guiding, helping, mothering strong men. They want to remain unseen. It's kind of nice to be able to play a strong woman who is seen.     

Ginger Rogers

Women are always saying, 'We can do anything that men can do.' But men should be saying, 'We can do anything that women can do.'     

Gloria Steinem

There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.     

Hannah Gadsby

I must quit marrying men who feel inferior to me. Somewhere there must be a man who could be my husband and not feel inferior. I need a superior inferior man.     

Hedy Lamarr

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.     

Irene Dunn

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 Monae

She's just a girl, and she's on fire / Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway / She's living in a world, and it's on fire / Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away     

Jeff Bhasker, Alicia Augello-Cook, Salaam Remi, Billy Squire, Nicki Minaj

[This is] the hope I have for women: that we can start to see ourselves—and encourage men to see us—as more than just the sum of our sexual parts: not as virgins or whores, as mothers or girlfriends, or as existing only in relation to men, but as people with independent desires, hopes and abilities. . . . For women to move forward, and for men to break free, we need to overcome the masculinity status quo-together.     

Jessica Valenti

You’re not too fat. You’re not too loud. You’re not too smart. You’re not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you.     

Jessica Valenti

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

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.     

Kavita Ramdas

Well-behaved women seldom make history.     

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I like to help women help themselves, as that is, in my opinion, the best way to settle the woman question. Whatever we can do and do well we have a right to, and I don't think any one will deny us.      

Louisa May Alcott

The emerging woman ... will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied ... strength and beauty must go together.     

Louisa May Alcott

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

I'm tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.     

Madonna

I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. … We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.     

Malala Yousafzai

Woman has always been the chief sufferer under this merciless machinery of the statutory law. Humbly she has borne the weight of man-made laws, surrendering to their tyranny even her right over her own body.... Against the State, against the Church, against the silence of the medical profession, against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past, the woman of to‑day arises.... If she must break the law to establish her right to voluntary motherhood, then the law shall be broken.     

Margaret Sanger

A strong woman is a woman determined to do something that others are determined not to be done.     

Marge Piercy

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

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.     

Mary Shelley

Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.     

Maya Angelou

I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That's me.     

Maya Angelou

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

You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We're here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied.     

Meryl Streep

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