Over the weekend, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. In almost every country on the planet there were events, commemorations, speeches, and much more organized to honor women in all aspects of professional and personal life. The holiday appears to be growing and gaining more support year after year.
Women face a number of challenges and hurdles they work to overcome every day. Many women have become leaders and inspired others to rise up and improve their lot in the world. Part of International Women’s Day is about honoring these women and setting examples for young women to follow.
Here at NaQ, we wanted to honor those women. Here are the best quotes from some of the strongest women (past and present) who have done a great deal for their fellow women.
Malala Yousafzai explaining the results of the attack she suffered: “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”
First Lady Michelle Obama: Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”
Gloria Steinem: “Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.”
Simone de Beauvoir: “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.”
Janis Joplin dispersing some simple wisdom: “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”
Margaret Thatcher expressing a thoughtful statement: “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton expressing an important fact: “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”
There are plenty more women in the world who have made an impact improving the lives of women everywhere. If you know of some quotes from these women or others who have fought for equality please feel free to share them with us here at NaQ.