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617 Inspirational Leadership Quotes By Powerful Women (2023)

1. “Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.” — Alicia Keys


2. “Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” Tory Burch


3. “Every moment wasted looking back, keeps us from moving forward…In this world and the world of tomorrow, we must go forward together or not at all.” – Hillary Clinton


4. “I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.”


5. “We all make mistakes, and life throws us all curveballs. The critical thing is how we deal with them.”


6. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”


7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”– Alice Walker


8. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt


9. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot #InspirationalQuotes


10. “Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go.” Taylor Swift


11. People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me. -Diana, Princess of Wales


12. “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names.” ― Janelle Monae


13. “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate


14. “I think God made a woman to be strong and not to be trampled under the feet of men. I’ve always felt this way because my mother was a very strong woman, without a husband.”


15. “If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times; obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps; but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way.”


16. “When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or religion or your unusual name, that’s when you start to shine.” Bethenny Frankel


17. “Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” – Byron Katie


18. “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.”– Sheila Murray Bethel


19. Anna Wintour


20. “Strong women, that's who I really respect"


21. “An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.” – Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo


22. “If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.”– Al Anon


23. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O'Keeffe, painter often recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”


24. “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, Writer, Poet and Civil Rights Activist


25. Alexandra Chong – CEO and founder of Lulu


26. “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- J.K Rowling


27. J. K. Rowling


28. “We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” ― Margaret Atwood


29. Ursula Burns – CEO of Xerox


30. “I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them.”


31. “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.”


32. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”


33. “The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”


34. Sallie Krawcheck


35. “Women are leaders everywhere you look – from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”


36. Malti Bhojwani


37. “Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.” -- Dianne Feinstein


38. Margaret Mead


39. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney, Co-chair of Disney Media


40. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”


41. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”


42. “People vote with their hearts, not their heads.”


43. “Success is an exception, so be exceptional.”


44. “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


45. “Once I learned to like me more than others did, then I didn't have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was the best me and I only ever tried to be that."


46. Greta Thunberg


47. “Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” ― Coco Chanel


48. Himanshu Bhatia – CEO of Rose International


49. “Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice.”


50. “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”


51. “It was like a shot in the arm of purpose and passion, a timely reminder of our mission and the value we could bring to the world.”


52. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron


53. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” Arianna Huffington


54. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”


55. “A good leader is able to paint a picture of a vision for the future and then enlist others to go on the journey with her. A truly conscious leader recognizes that it is not about her, but that the team is looking to her for inspiration and direction. Keeping her ego in check is essential.”


56. “Pursuing peace means rising above one's own wants, needs, and emotions.” – Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan


57. “Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.” – Yoko Ono


58. “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.


59. “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt


60. “You never have to ask anyone permission to lead. When you want to lead, you lead.”


61. Alice Walker


62. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez


63. “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”


64. “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”


65. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”


66. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie


67. “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you” - Margaret Thatcher


68. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg


69. Kat Cole


70. Michelle Obama


71. “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin


72. “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


73. “I’ll probably never fully become what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that’s probably because I wanted to be a ninja princess.” Cassandra Duffy


74. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours.”


75. “It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.” – Taylor Swift


76. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” Beyoncé


77. “Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anaïs Nin


78. “Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back.” – Sophia Amoruso, Founder of Nasty Gal


79. Marianne Williamson


80. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. -Erica Jong


81. Joanna Horsnail


82. Candice Carpenter Olson


83. The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. -Ida B. Wells


84. “It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” Byron Katie


85. “Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” Martha Stewart


86. “Being flexible and, more important, empathetic, in business partnerships is essential.”


87. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg


88. Marissa Mayer


89. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” — Marge Piercy


90. “A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”


91. “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand


92. “The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do – women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticising one another.”


93. Abigail Johnson


94. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” -- Maya Angelou


95. “Who you are surrounded by often determines who you become.”


96. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” ― Audre Lorde


97. “Bend don’t break. Being soft is powerful. You don’t need to be “tough” to be an effective leader.”


98. “I had many high-powered sales and marketing professionals who reported to me, but I also had thousands of call center representatives reporting to me. I had to learn to communicate to very different types of groups of managers with different orientations, different priorities."


99. Billie Jean King


100. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo, 20th-century Mexican painter


101. “Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.” -- Alison Pincus


102. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”


103. “Listening to others, especially those with whom we disagree, tests our own ideas and beliefs. It forces us to recognize, with humility, that we don’t have a monopoly on the truth.” – Janet Yellen, Economist


104. “I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital.” -Malala Yousafzai


105. Ruth Bader Ginsburg


106. The arts: In all different avenues of the arts, women have made an indelible impact on history. Think of the joy the music of Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, or Dolly Parton has brought to millions of people. Consider how writers like Margaret Mead and Maya Angelou have given their readers an opportunity to learn about the human condition and see things from a different perspective. Or think of the thought-provoking movies of filmmakers like Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sofia Coppola.


107. “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.” – Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the UK suffragette movement


108. “Magic happens when you connect people. I credit much of my success to always making it a point to truly get to know people and help them whenever I can. It’s become the backbone of our firm’s success. Women founders in particular are often highly skilled at making connections that can help advance their businesses.”


109. A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt


110. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. -Maya Angelou


111. “I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn’t.” -- Dee Dee Myers


112. “If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.” Anita Roddick


113. “Love, compassion, care, listening, communicating—these aren’t secondary skills. They’re of primary importance.”


114. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe


115. “It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” Byron Katie #InspirationalQuotes


116. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai


117. We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. -Beyoncé


118. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”


119. Erica Jong


120. “She remembered who she was and the game changed.” — Lalah Deliah


121. Anais Nin


122. “There will be plenty of times where being a woman is probably not helping your career, so when it does, take the opportunity and then stand out. Really show that you’re something special.”


123. “Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.” – Katherine Johnson, mathematician and one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist


124. Tory Burch


125. “Tolerance and compassion are active, not passive states, born of the capacity to listen, to observe and to respect others.” – Indira Gandhi


126. “Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’.”


127. “Where there is a woman there is magic.” — Ntozake Shange


128. Tamara McCleary – CEO and founder of Thulium


129. “We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home.”


130. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”


131. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”


132. Rosalind Brewer


133. “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is most important.” – Junko Tabei, first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest


134. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller


135. Caterina Fake – CEO and co-founder of Flickr


136. “Without being willing to fail and continually get back up again, I would never have been able to find the right market and establish my product within it."


137. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”


138. I just want women to always feel in control. Because we're capable, we're so capable. -Nicki Minaj


139. “Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.” – Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman elected to U.S. Congress


140. “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, American civil rights activist


141. Debra A. Cafaro – CEO of Ventas, Inc.


142. “The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world.” – Arlene Rankin


143. “WWoman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.”


144. “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” ― Margaret Sanger


145. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


146. Madeleine Albright


147. “Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it.” – Marie Curie, chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.


148. “Do what you love, and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”


149. “I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all.” Catherine the Great


150. “My best successes came on the heels of failures.” -- Barbara Corcoran


151. Amy Schulman


152. Audre Lorde


153. “I’ve always subscribed to the belief that the best leader is not one who has the most followers, but one who creates the most leaders. I strive every day — and in every program and offering we have at Integrous Women — to create more conscious, confident, and soulful leaders who, in return, will build a better world for all.”


154. Indra Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo


155. “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” – Jane Goodall


156. “There's power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.” – Michelle Obama


157. “I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours?’” -- Leah Busque


158. I was always told that women are stronger, so I believed it.”


159. Assata Shakur


160. “We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” Abigail Adams


161. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” -- Gloria Steinem, Journalist and Activist


162. “Women have to harness their power – it’s absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first ‘no.’ And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.” ― Cher


163. “Dreams are lovely but they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer


164. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J. K. Rowling


165. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” - Judy Garland


166. “Building a brand means knowing your story and building and sharing that story.”


167. “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” -- Estée Lauder


168. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.” – Michelle Obama


169. Kelly Manthey


170. “Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that – and I’ll learn by doing it.” ” – Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


171. Elizabeth Gilbert


172. “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” – Audre Lorde, Poet, Writer, and Activist


173. “Don’t waste a single second. Just move forward as fast as you can, and go for it.” -- Rebecca Woodcock


174. “Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga


175. “The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”– Elizabeth Cady Stanton


176. “Emotional intelligence is the ability to use emotion to increase your own and others’ success.”


177. “I have broken many glass ceilings - so I know it can be done.”


178. Tara Mohr


179. “Social change is brought about by those who dare and act, who can think unconventionally and who can court unpopularity.” – Indira Gandhi


180. “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot


181. 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


182. “The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.” -- Faye Wattleton


183. “Embrace everything you are as a woman. Even your flaws too. And the things that you want to fix, you make them better.” ― Kelly Rowland


184. “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.” – Jane Goodall, world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and environmental activist


185. The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first. -Iyanla Vanzant


186. Sports: The world of sports used to be a boys’ club, but trailblazing women broke up sexist barriers to entry. Tennis stars like Billie Jean King and Serena Williams are among the best in the world to ever play the sport. Simone Biles is the most decorated gymnast in all of history.


187. “Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.” – Yulia Tymoshenko


188. “The best way to change it is to do it. Right? And then after a while, you become it and it’s easy.” – Ursula Burns, Former CEO of Xerox


189. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton


190. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, former U.S. First Lady and U.S. Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly


191. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” — Anne Frank


192. Rosalynn Carter


193. Trish Bertuzzi – CEO of The Bridge Group


194. Denise M. Morrison – CEO of Campbell Soup Co.


195. “Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.”


196. Oprah Winfrey


197. Katelyn Gleason


198. A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. -Rosalynn Carter


199. “Awoman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”


200. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”


201. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara


202. “No one else is going to build the life you want for you. No one else will even be able to completely understand it. The most amazing souls will show up to cheer you along the way, but this is your game. Make a pact to be in it with yourself for the long haul, as your own supportive friend at every step along the way.”


203. “It’s not just win or lose—the process is what matters.”


204. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams


205. Beyoncé


206. If we cannot disconnect, we cannot lead.”


207. If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader. -Dolly Parton


208. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” Barbara Corcoran


209. Eleanor Roosevelt


210. Julie Sweet – CEO of Accenture North America


211. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand


212. Sarah Louise Delany


213. Mary Anne Radmacher


214. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”


215. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on.” – Hillary Clinton


216. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”


217. “Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it." -- Marillyn Hewson


218. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – J.K. Rowling, Writer


219. “You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.'”


220. “Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and North America's first black multi-billionaire


221. Florence Nightingale


222. “No matter how senior you get in an organization, no matter how well you're perceived to be doing, your job is never done.” -- Abigail Johnson


223. Jess Lee – CEO of Polyvore


224. Wilma Rudolph


225. “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” Janis Joplin


226. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?”


227. Greenberg, MAPP1, PCC’S article


228. Dianne Feinstein


229. Padmasree Warrior


230. Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. -Elizabeth Gilbert


231. “Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. Here, open it, it's perfect. You'll love it.' Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They're risky. They challenge you.”


232. “I think it takes a strong man to be in a relationship with a strong woman. A lot of people hear the word ‘diva’ and think of it as a negative. I see it as a positive. I want somebody who knows what they want out of life and isn’t afraid to show it.”


233. Betty Eadie


234. “People will say to me, ‘You’ve played so many strong women,’ and I’ll say, ‘Have you ever said to a man, ‘You’ve played so many strong men?’’ No! Because the expectation is men are varied. Why can’t we have that expectation about women?” – Meryl Streep, Actress


235. Indra Nooyi


236. “Woman must not accept; she must challenge.” ― Margaret Sanger


237. Candice Carpenter Olson – Co-CEO of Fullbridge


238. “Confidence matters. Figure out what makes you extraordinary and capitalize on it.”


239. “Live your life in such a way that you'll be remembered for your kindness, compassion, fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life, in general.”


240. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” — Gina Carey


241. Serena Williams


242. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” Audrey Hepburn


243. “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett


244. “Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker, Activist


245. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


246. “Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lily Pulitzer


247. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, second female justice appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court


248. “Sometimes you climb the mountain, and you fall and fail. Maybe there is a different path that will take you up. Sometimes a different mountain.”


249. Rachel Chong – CEO and founder of Catchafire


250. “I actually had someone say to me, 'Lynn, you're going to have very good days, and you're going to have very bad days. But it's rare that things are as good as they look, and it's rare that things are as bad as they seem.' So, having perspective, and challenging perspective, is important to making good decisions.”


251. “In a world that wants women to whisper, I choose to yell.” — Luvvie Ajayi


252. “Showing people who you are and being vulnerable is actually a strength.”


253. “It’s okay to admit what you don’t know. It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s more than okay to listen to the people you lead – in fact, it’s essential.”


254. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” Hillary Clinton


255. By contrast, only 0.4% had no male directors.


256. Gloria Steinem


257. “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Malala Yousafzai


258. “Every twist and turn in life is an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, your interests, your talents, and how to set and then achieve goals.” – Jameela Jamil, Actress and Activist


259. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” -- Anne Sweeney


260. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." - Sheryl Sandberg


261. Meg Whitman – CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise


262. “I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as ‘making a life.’” – Maya Angelou


263. “Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.”


264. “Leadership is hard to define, and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”


265. Virginia M. Rometty – CEO of IBM


266. “I’m pro everyday equality, everyday celebration and everyday respect. I feel fortunate that we are not back in the days where men were seen as more powerful.”


267. “Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart, but it’s satisfying as hell.”


268. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” Madonna


269. “Feminism is not just about women; it’s about letting all people live fuller lives.”


270. Irene B. Rosenfeld – CEO of Mondelez International, Inc.


271. I lead from the heart, not the head.”


272. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”


273. “A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.” Zendaya


274. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen, Novelist


275. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”


276. “The glass ceiling will go away when women help other women break through that ceiling.”


277. “Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.” – Frida Kahlo


278. “Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.” Queen Victoria


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


280. “Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Always be cultivating a support network so that when you stumble — and you will — they’ll be there to catch you.”


281. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”


282. “I think realizing that you’re not alone, that you are standing with millions of your sisters around the world is vital.” - Malala Yousafzai


283. “Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” ― Margaret Sanger


284. “Bad decisions make good stories.” Ellis Vidler


285. “I guess at the end of the day, all women like to be appreciated and treated with respect and kindness.” — Sofia Vergara


286. “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.”


287. “A confident woman, a woman who truly knows her worth and her power is a force to be reckoned with.” — Mandy Hale


288. “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM


289. “We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolises women as much as men.”


290. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”


291. “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” ― Melinda Gates


292. Marissa Mayer – Former CEO of Yahoo


293. Harriet Beecher Stowe


294. Ellen J. Kullman


295. “Aging is not “lost youth” but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan


296. “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”


297. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” -- Sara Blakely


298. My mentor taught me when an opportunity is presented to you, you look at it, and you FEEL it, and ask yourself Does this opportunity light me up? Does it fill me with a sense of curiosity? Does it excite me? If it does, hell yeah, I’m involved. -Layne Beachley


299. Alaina Percival – CEO of Women Who Code


300. “I was a person with dignity and self-respect, and I should not set my sights lower than anybody else just because I was black.” – Rosa Parks


301. “If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances."


302. Tamra Ryan


303. “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai


304. “We have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.” — Beyonce


305. “Passion is the log that keeps the fire of purpose blazing.” – Oprah Winfrey


306. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron #InspirationalQuotes


307. I decided I can't pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it. -Serena Williams


308. “Transparency is always necessary, even when it may cost you everything you’ve built.”


309. Maya Angelou


310. Jacinda Ardern


311. “Leadership manifests itself at different times in different ways. And as a leader you need to figure out what role you need to play in each situation.”


312. “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” – Serena Williams, professional tennis player who has won more singles titles than any man or woman


313. Claire Wasserman – CEO and founder of Ladies Get Paid


314. “Just as a household falls apart without emotional labor, so does politics grind to a halt if no one is actually listening to one another or reading the briefings or making plans that have a chance of working.”


315. Helena Rubinstein.


316. “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” Sheryl Sandberg


317. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else."


318. “Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do…I’ll go across the country, I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.”


319. “Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not.”


320. “I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” — Diane Von Furstenberg


321. “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi, first female Prime Minister of India


322. Abigail Johnson – CEO of Fidelity Investments


323. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” -- Oprah Winfrey


324. Sara Blakely


325. “Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.”


326. “We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. That is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.” – Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and first woman nominated for U.S. president by a major political party


327. Annie McKee


328. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou


329. Leah Busque – CEO and founder of TaskRabbit


330. “We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.” -- Mary Kay Ash


331. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” – Shirley Chisholm


332. “Integrity is critical. Do whatever you can to build and preserve your integrity, and surround yourself with people who require it.”


333. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Sheryl Sandberg


334. Politics: Women from all different sides of the political spectrum—from Margaret Thatcher to Dianne Feinstein—have made a mark on history. Consider Supreme Court Justices like Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Think of how first ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosalynn Carter, and Hillary Clinton have gone on to be independent leaders in their own right. And when it comes to activism and calling for change, remember how women like Audre Lorde, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony led the charge.


335. “Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” – Tory Burch, Fashion Designer


336. Hillary Clinton


337. “Age is of no importance unless you’re a cheese.” Billie Burke


338. “We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons … but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”


339. “To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?”


340. “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.” -- Queen Victoria


341. “I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” ― Angelina Jolie


342. Princess Diana


343. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”


344. “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”


345. Cultivate a network of trusted mentors and colleagues. Other people can give us the best insight into ourselves—and our own limitations. We must have the courage to ask for help and to request feedback to expand our vision of what's possible.”


346. “Women belong in all places where decisions are made … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”


347. “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.”


348. “I always feel … the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.” Alice Paul


349. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." -Clare Boothe Luce


350. Stephanie S. Mead


351. Pamela Gill Alabaster


352. “The king may rule the kingdom, but it’s the queen who moves the board.”


353. “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” — Anais Nin


354. Mary D. Poole


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


356. “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.”


357. “Leadership is about the team - the culture they keep and embrace, it’s about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and the communities where you do business, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risks and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risks may affect.”


358. “We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”


359. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn


360. “You have to look at your career and personal life at the big-picture level: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Doing that helps me feel OK during the weeks when one part of my life overwhelms the other.”


361. “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Eleanor Roosevelt, Author, Politician and Diplomat


362. “Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.” ― Coco Chanel


363. Audrey Hepburn


364. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King, Former World No. 1 Professional Tennis Player


365. Iyanla Vanzant


366. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank


367. “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” -- Serena Williams


368. Sheryl Sandberg


369. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge


370. Katie Beauchamp


371. “Gender diversity is not just good for women; it’s good for anyone who wants results.”


372. Emily Dickinson


373. “No one ever became a success without taking chances … One must be able to recognise the moment and seize it without delay.”


374. “Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.”


375. “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” Elizabeth Gilbert


376. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg


377. Lynn Good – CEO of Duke Energy


378. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg


379. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. -Marie Curie


380. Dr. Ingrid Mattson


381. “You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.” Ethel Barrymore


382. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.”


383. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller


384. “You can show more of the reality of yourself instead of hiding behind a mask for fear of revealing too much.” – Betty Friedan


385. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” Sara Blakely


386. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez (see more quotes from Jennifer Lopez)


387. “Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.”


388. “We are in a season of disruption. We are in a season of rebirth. The two have much in common. What we once thought of as normal will never be again, but both disruption and rebirth provide opportunities to normalize entirely new realities...”


389. “We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them, it’s grand and great.” – Lucy Maude Montgomery, Writer


390. “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


391. “Leadership is not about command and control: that’s for the army.”


392. Adriana Gascoigne – CEO and founder of Girls in Tech


393. “If you are committed to creating value and if you aren't afraid of hard times, obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps, but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way."


394. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.” – Michelle Obama, former U.S. First Lady


395. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


396. “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou


397. “My husband always tells me that I’m the most unrelenting person he’s ever met, and it’s true. If I make a commitment to something, I will stick to it no matter what.” — Jenny Craig


398. “Aman’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.”


399. “Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”


400. “Inspiration is key. Allow people to have fun, encourage enjoyment, and require growth.”


401. “Women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.” – Amelia Earhart, first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean


402. Wangari Maathai


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


404. My best successes came on the heels of failures. -Barbara Corcoran


405. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle


406. “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.”


407. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." -Sheryl Sandberg


408. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” Maya Angelou


409. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington, Journalist and Entrepreneur


410. “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”


411. Brené Brown


412. “If there’s one thing you can do to demonstrate, in action, that you’re serious about your start-up, it’s this: quit your day job.”


413. “I don't have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I'm as good as anybody, but no better.” – Katherine Johnson


414. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” Estée Lauder


415. Media: In the world of media, women lead a wide variety of productions and publications. Arianna Huffington’s The Huffington Post covers politics, lifestyle issues, and entertainment. Anne Sweeney formerly ran The Disney Channel. Robin Roberts is the anchor of Good Morning America. Oprah Winfrey built a media empire and has also elevated other women leaders in media, like Iyanla Vanzant.


416. “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” – Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue


417. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”


418. Business: Women serve in leadership roles in all sorts of different businesses. Former Facebook (now Meta) COO Sheryl Sandberg, current GM CEO Mary Barra, former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, and Sunshine Contacts cofounder Marissa Mayer are a few examples of powerful female leaders in business. Some, like Melinda French Gates, have also paired their business expertise with a long track record of philanthropy.


419. “I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.” -- Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo


420. “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.”


421. “Courage is not staying quiet about things that make us uncomfortable.” -Brene Brown