5 Quotes for Women’s Day Inspiration

March 8th marks the annual International Women’s Day, and this year, many women across the globe are celebrating ‘A Day Without A Woman.’ ‘A Day Without A Woman’ is meant to show literally just that  what a world without women would look like. Today, women are striking from their day jobs and careers, as well as from the unpaid “mental and emotional support” they provide to those around them. They’re also abstaining from supporting any businesses other than small, local, women, and/or minority-run businesses.  

Those who are financially unable to take part in the strike are wearing red to show their solidarity with the cause. Lady Liberty, wonderfully, also went dark today to support the movement. (Well, sort of: The National Park Service has said it’s most likely due to work on the generator, but we love the imagery nonetheless! Great timing.)

Whether you’re striking, supporting, or simply relishing in the good vibes and empowerment of Women’s Day, you can gain inspiration from the following quotes I’ve curated from some of those bad-ass, female-centric authors and novels that refuse to buck to society’s standards. Read through them and let me know in the comments if you have any other favorite quotes!

1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”

2. Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them.

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips

he stride of my step.

The curl of my lips.

I am a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

3. Audre Lorde:

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

4. Toni Morrison, Sula:

“I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.”

5. Anna Quindlen:

“After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.'”

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