5 Inspiring Quotes for International Women's Day (Graphics)

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This year we created 5 brand new beautiful quotes for International Women's Day to inspire you—and to share.

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Why International Women's Day?

International Women's Day (IWD) is not just for women, it's a day for everyone to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history—achievements that have often been glossed over or forgotten.

When recording history, those in power (almost always men) were the ones who decided what to write. Women were limited in their education and freedoms, so achievements were rarer—but even then, sometimes women's achievements were deliberately left out. And sometimes women's contributions to our world were simply not considered of enough value to make note of...

But IWD also reminds us of all the remaining gender-based inequalities in the world. And I hope that this reminder encourages those in positions of power (of whatever gender!) to do more to support and encourage women.

Click here for an overview of the origins of IWD from Wikipedia.

IWD in 2022

According to the International Women's Day website, the 2022 IWD theme is #BreakTheBias.

The United Nations (who adopted International Women's Day in 1975) also issued a 2022 theme: "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow." In particular, the UN's 2022 theme celebrates girls and women who are "leading the charge toward a more sustainable future, and climate change response efforts." This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66): "Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes."

This Year's IWD Quote Graphics

This year our International Women's Day quote graphics focus on leadership and making change: Beyoncé talks about changing how we see ourselves, Shirley Chisholm about showing up (even if not invited), Coretta Scott King talks about women saving the soul of a nation, Harriet Tubman reminds us we can achieve anything. And lastly, Diana Spencer (Princess Diana) reminds us that intolerance remains a huge problem in the world today (whether of women, people of different race/religion/size/age/education/class etc).

I hope you love these quote graphics as much as I do.

Some thought-provoking questions for everyone to consider this IWD

International Women's Day is a reminder every year that we still have a way to go to achieve gender equality, and that we all play a part. This year's #BreakTheBias theme has inspired me to learn even more about diversity and inclusivity, and to consider what I can do to be part of the solution—both personally and in my work.

  • Which aspects of IWD most interest you? ie. celebrating women's achievements, highlighting remaining issues, the 2022 themes around sustainability and diversity or something else?
  • How will you use this year's IWD to shift how you think—or coach—your female AND male clients?
  • What are you still overcoming? Where are your prejudices around women? (if you are a woman consider any prejudices or limiting beliefs you may have around women & beauty, skin colour, size, age, education, women's "roles" etc.)

The 5 Inspiring Quotes we chose for International Women's Day 2022

  1. "We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead." Beyoncé Knowles
  2. "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." Shirley Chisholm
  3. "Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe you must become its soul." Coretta Scott King
  4. "Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman
  5. "The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance." Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales

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Beyonce Quote

Shirley Chisholm Quote

Coretta Scott King Quote

Harriet Tubman Quote



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