10 Feisty Women Quotes for International Women's Day (Graphics)

10 Inspiring Quotes for International Women's Day

This year we thought we'd create 10 beautiful quotes for International Women's Day  to get you fired up - and for you to share.

I really enjoyed choosing this year's quotes for International Women's Day. I was looking for quotes that were feisty and challenged traditional expectations of women. The Laura Thatcher Ulrich quote is an all-time favourite - because I've never really liked "behaving"! I tried to find a nice mix of quotes from current and past generations, and to share some you may not have seen before. In particular I enjoy Amy Poehler's quote about loving bossy women (I may have a small tendency to be bossy sometimes!).

Tell us which you like best by commenting below!

Here are the 10 Inspirational Quotes we chose for International Women's Day from Feisty Women:

  1. "Well behaved women rarely make history." Laura Thatcher Ulrich
  2. "Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be." Clementine Paddleford
  3. "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." Beyoncé
  4. "The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet." Mohadesa Najumi
  5. "Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention." Pink
  6. "I am enough" Brené Brown
  7. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." Amelia Earhart
  8. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Maya Angelou
  9. "A mother who radiates self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem" Naomi Wolf
  10. "I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind learning." Amy Poehler

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Tell us which of these quotes for International Women's Day is your favourite, or share one of yours by commenting below.

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  1. Annie Slowgrove

    The one that I just keep going back to is "Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention. Thanks for sharing these awesome quotes. I will be using them...

  2. Chine

    I love them all and would share them on my platform daily. My Favorite is "A mother who radiates self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem". It's so so true to me!

  3. Tamara

    Emma-Louise, thank you so much for the work that you do in the world. I LOVE your stuff.
    My favorite is "A mother who radiates self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self esteem." By Naomi Wolf. Now I can embrace my confidence even more and stop worrying about my daughter.

    • Emma-Louise

      Thank-you Tamara! And thank-you for taking the time to reply. I LOVE your explanation. Yes, yes, yes. BE more confident, because your daughter looks to you for how to be!!! Em x

  4. Hazel Burton

    I love them all very thought provoking number 6 is my favorite today "I am enough" Brené Brown.
    Thank you for all the wonderful inspirational quotes you offer they are very beautiful and meaningful.
    I will be sharing them.

  5. Charmaine Grace

    I love Maya Angelou's quote, "My mission in life . . . ", and Naomi Wolf's quote about a mother radiating self-Acceptance.
    Thank you so much for these inspiring quotes.

  6. Murielle

    Hi Emma-Louise, thank you for your fantastic job! My preferred quote is "I am enough"! A reminder for perfectionnists!


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