20 Badass Women Quotes For Inspiration

Updated: Jul 2, 2019

You know those days. You feel drained, uninspired and not really sure about the next possible move in life. We've all been there. Yet, with a little push and the right mindset, those times will return where you're able to claim your power and push things to the next level, professionally and privately.

In order to empower you along the way, here are 20 badass quotes by inspiring women from around the world:

”Mother told me a couple of years ago, 'Sweetheart, settle down and marry a rich man.' I said, 'Mom, I am a rich man."

- Cher

"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the ability to create, nurture, and transform.

- Diane Mariechild

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

- Ayn Rand

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."

- Gloria Steinem

"You're born worthy, and I think that's a message a lot of women need to hear."

- Viola Davis

"Power's not given to you. You have to take it."

- Beyoncé

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

- Simone de Beauvoir

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”

- Oroma Elewa

"We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are."

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women."

- Madeleine Albright

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

- Sally Berger

"He asked me 'What's your favourite position?' I said 'CEO'."

- Lauren Conrad

"I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto."

- Demi Lovato

“The best protection any woman can have ... is courage.”

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.”

- Maya Angelou

"I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."

- Madonna

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

- Alice Walker

"We realized the importance of our voices only when we are silenced"

- Malala Yousafzai

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” 

- Melinda Gates

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” 

- Madeleine Albright


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