17 Women Who Inspire to Celebrate International Women’s Day

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To celebrate International Women’s Day we are sharing quotes from 17 women who have pioneered change in the contemporary world across a variety of industries. From politicians and CEOs to astronauts and activists, here are 17 21st century women to celebrate this IWD!


Michelle Obama – First Lady, Lawyer


Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.


Malala Yousafzai – Bangladesh and Global Activist


When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.


Ginni Rometty – CEO IBM

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One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are.


Hillary Clinton  – Democratic Party Candidate for United States President, Secretary of State, First Lady


Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Supreme Court Justice


Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.


Indra Nooyi – CEO Pepsico


The distance between number one and number two is always a constant. If you want to improve the organization, you have to improve yourself and the organization gets pulled up with you. I cannot just expect the organization to improve if I don’t improve myself and lift the organization, because, that distance, is a constant.


Amal Clooney  – International HR lawyer


Courage, as they say, is contagious. People who have had the courage to to change their societies inspire each other and create rights for future generations.


Melinda Gates – Activist, Gates Foundation


You can create all kinds of new tools, but if you’re not moving toward equality, you’re not really changing the world. You’re just rearranging it.


Angela Merkel – First Female Chancellor of Germany

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Yes, now little girls in Germany know they can become a hairdresser, or chancellor. Let’s see.


Jacinda Ardern – Prime Minister of New Zealand


If you sit and wait to feel like you are the most confident person in the room, you are probably going to be left by yourself.


Sonita Alizadeh –  Afghani Activist & Rapper


There is a lot of suffering and injustice in the world, and there is also a great deal of hope. When you step forward and start speaking about what you see and what you want to change, you can begin living in that hope instead of despair.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – US Congresswoman

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)†listens to the testimony of former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2019.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC156828F730

Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it. I’m not going to do that. That takes away my power.

Oprah Winfrey – The Oprah Winfrey Show

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When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.


Priscilla Chan – Zuckerberg-Chan Initiative, MD


You – and I have to remind myself of this – are capable beyond your wildest imagination.


Roberta Bondar – First Female Canadian Astronaut


Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself .


Sheryl Sandberg – Chief Operations Officer, Facebook

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks during the Watermark Conference for Women at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.


Kimberle Crenshaw – Colombia University Law Professor, Academic, Activist


The better we understand how identities and power work together from one context to another, the less likely our movements for change are to fracture.


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