International Women's Day quotes that will make you feel fearless and empowered

Feel empowered and inspire others with these International Women's Day quotes

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International Women's Day quotes celebrate women across the globe and this year's theme - #ChooseToChallenge - couldn't be more apt. #ChooseToChallenge, encouraging people to "call out gender bias and inequality" and "choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements" to "help create an inclusive world".

And while every day of the year presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate not only the wonderful women in your life, but all those across the globe making strides, sharing their love and simply living, every year the 8th March gives us all that extra chance to put women at the forefront and clap for every single one of the circa-four billion females living on our earth.

Just like we send wishes to mothers, fathers and our significant others on their special days in the annual calendar, 8th March is a day to hold up the women who are doing brilliant things - both big and small, who are holding families together, who are breaking barriers, who are motivating others, who are heading up female-run brands and charitable initiatives, who are showing love and care, who are sharing everything they have, who are killing it in both the foreground and background and who are multitasking like only a woman can.

"International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women," says the organization. "The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality." It has taken place for over a century now, with the first International Women's Daty gathering taking place way back in 1911 when it was supported by over a million people.

According to the organization, the aim of the day is to "celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and fundraise for female-focused charities".

International Women's Day quotes to inspire and empower

We have no limits

"There's no limit as to what we, as women, can accomplish." Michelle Obama 

We can always rise

"There is no force more powerful, than a woman determined to rise." Bosa Sebele

We stand together

"Be a woman that fixes the other woman's crown, without telling the world it was crooked." Anon

We are courageous

"I don't know a woman alive who isn't courageous." Reese Witherspoon

Let's make a difference together

"One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world - not just today but everyday"

Embrace being oneself

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself." Virginia Woolf

Women for women 💪

"Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're STRONGEST when we cheer each other on."

Never give up on yourself

"Don't give up on the person you're becoming"

Choose your team wisely

"Surround yourself with people who push you to be your best self"

It's never too late

"Don't be afraid to start over. This time, you're not starting from scratch, you're starting from experience."

Don't undervalue yourself

"She saved the best of her for the heart that understood the worst of her"

Stronger together

"Pitting us against each other, writing jealousy into our stories, will never reflect the truth. Because we are stronger than they want us to believe - women supporting women." Isabella G. Poetry

Self-love is the best love ❤️

"Self love isn't selfish it's important"

Keep looking forward

"Your future needs you. Your past doesn't"

Let's make history

"Well behaved women don't make history"

Be you!

"A girl should be two things: who and what she wants" - Coco Chanel

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

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