Women’s History Month has come and gone, but it does not mean we should stop celebrating those who fought for justice and equality. In fact, every day is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls in the United States and worldwide.
In today’s society, sound bites tend to stick with us the most. Blame it on our short attention spans, thanks to the immediate gratification of social media and the internet. But these quotes, short as they are, encompass what celebrating women is all about. Here are a few quotes from our favorite trailblazers to remember all year long.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” -Michelle Obama
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” -Shirley Chisholm
“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
“There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” – Jane Austen
“They’ll tell you you’re too loud – that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
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