We’re a #GirlGang inspired by strong women. Some of our favorite blogs, communities, resources, and websites are run by women, and it’s just not shouted about. If you look around your office and only see men, you should probably have these quotes on your desk every day (or rethink your work situation, maybe).
Thankfully, we have a history of incredible female poets, creatives, entrepreneurs, singers, and novelists, to remember their success, and learn and grow from. In our recent post about fighting sexism in advertising, we noticed it is a slow process of change due to an ugly past of discrimination, but things are still shifting in the right direction.
For decades, our role models have looked up to these women, trickling the empowerment down through the decades. Now, we see powerful women dominating the US net worth of $19 trillion and owning more than three-fourths of the nation’s financial wealth. Round of applause, please.
Here are some top-notch quotes by some badass women in history that will surely inspire you:
“You can’t expect to just write and have visitors come to you. That’s too passive.” – Anita Campbell (Founder & CEO of SmallBizTrends)
“Working hard on the right thing is probably more important than working hard” – Caterina Fake (CoFounder of Flikr)
“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual.” – Natalie Clifford Barney (American Playwriter)
“Don’t be like the rest of them darling” – Coco Chanel
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou (American Poet)
“You are more powerful than you know; You are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge (Singer-Songwriter)
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem (American Writer)
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer at Facebook)
“As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Virginia Woolf (English Writer)
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (Former First Lady of the United States)
“People don’t care about your business, they care about their problems. Be the solution that they’re looking for.” – Melonie Dodaro (CEO Top Dog Social Media)
“My whole career has been one rejection after another and then going back and back and pushing against everything and everybody. Getting ahead by small, ugly steps.” – Joan Rivers (American Comedian)
“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary K. Ash (Businesswoman)
“Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist: While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!” – Lori Greiner (Inventor, QVC host and ‘Shark Tank’ investor)
“The comfort zone is a nice place, but nothing grows there. Take the leap today and start your business!” – Caroline Cummings (Tech Entrepreneur)
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (Cultural Anthropologist)
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder (Founder of Estée Lauder Cosmetics)
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington (Editor-in-chief of AOL/Huffington Post)
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” — Ayn Rand (Novelist)
“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not making decisions.” – Catherine Cook (CoFounder of MeetMe)
What are your favorite quotes from powerful, incredible women? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!