14 Quotes By and About Women

This International Women's Day, celebrate the women in your life with these inspiring words from women throughout history. 


1. "A woman should be two things: classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel


2. "I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives." - Jane Austen, Persuasion


3. "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt


4. "Women don't realize how powerful they are." - Judith Light


5. "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood." - Susan B. Anthony


6. "A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." - Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas


7. "I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." - Amelia Earhart


8. "Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice." - Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer


9. "Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." - Nora Ephron


10. "The emerging woman...will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied...strength and beauty must go together." - Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl


11. "I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems wihtout signing them, was often a woman." - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own


12. "Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer, and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they out to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags." - Charlotte Bronte


13. "Remember to try to find opportunities to bring other women in - to throw the rope down. It's a dangerous thing to think: 'I'm the woman in this room, so that's my role.' I try to tell young women - don't be tricked into thinking you're in the field to compete with other women." - Tina Fey


14. "We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave - to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential." - Malala Yousafzai