We celebrated International Women's Day last week, but we say women should be celebrated daily. So if you're feeling a little low and need something to cheer you up, or if you're looking for some inspiration just because, here are some quotes that will get you going and feel great to be a woman.
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back." ― Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is an empowering woman that should be on your list of role models. It takes great courage for someone in Yousafzai's position to speak out and tell the world what she is enduring, but she does so with admirable strength. But sometimes the issue doesn't have to be grand. Maybe you feel like you're being taken advantage of or perhaps you're in a situation you no longer want to be in. Speak up! There's nothing wrong with saying what you want and how you feel.
"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." ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The world has been male-dominated for a long, long time, and it's up to women to make a stand and say we're not here to just support men. We can do that, but we are also our own people. Society ingrained in our minds the idea that we should always be agreeable to men, but take it from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – don't let any man dull your shine.
"You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" —Erin McKean
Don't get us wrong; we love all things beauty. But as much as we love pampering ourselves and feeling good about looking good, we believe that it is not the end-all and be-all of our lives. Beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive. You can be pretty and intelligent, but don't make prettiness your life goal. If you do, make sure you do it for you.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel
A powerful woman not just in the world of fashion, Coco Chanel got “I am strong through and through” down pat. Never one to shy away to speak for herself, she excelled in the industry she pursued. Aside from Chanel's elegance, we love how she has nuggets of wisdom that we're more than willing to practise. So go ahead and think for yourself, and don't be guilty about it.
"The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." – Ayn Rand
Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something that you're so passionate about. Sometimes their words are projections of their fears, and you don't have to be stunted by someone else's idea of what and who you are supposed to be.