24 Empowering Feminist Quotes To Live By

By: Brittany Priore Illustration: Happy Go Lucky

We’ve gathered up 24 of the best quotes by some of our fav ladies and (man) for the days you’re feeling defeated and are in need of a little inspiration.

  1. "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

  2. "Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." — G.D. Anderson

  3. "Women are always saying, 'We can do anything that men can do' but men should be saying,'We can do anything that women can do.” — Gloria Steinem

  4. "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

  5. "I also feel like we should stop calling feminists 'feminists' and just start calling people who aren’t feminist 'sexist' — and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist. People get a label when they’re bad." — Maisie Williams

  6. "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." — Audre Lorde

  7. "The more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop." — Emma Watson

  8. "No woman should be told she can't make decisions about her own body. When women's rights are under attack, we fight back." — Kamala Harris

  9. "I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story–I will." — Amy Schumer

  10. "I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles." — Simone Biles

  11. "Well, I prefer the words 'one of the greatest athletes of all time'" — Serena Williams

  12. "It's not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is. Women are smart and strong. They are not sex toys or damsels in distress. People of color are not sassy or dangerous or wise. And believe me, people of color are never anybody's sidekick in real life." — Shonda Rhimes

  13. “In terms of feminist issues, my mom never told me, like, ‘It’s gonna be tough. You’ve got boobs.’ But I saw that there was no difference between my mom and my dad in terms of what they were capable of because of their genders.” — Emilia Clarke

  14. "He has no choice. I'll have no man telling me to shave my f*ckin' legs. Shave yours." — Adele

  15. "As women we don’t know we’re at a deficit because we have vaginas. It wasn’t until they had a headline like, 'Even though she’s a woman!' And I was like, 'Oh. I didn’t know to be looking out for that. How did this wittle vagina manage that? I carried a whole movie. How did I do it, getting a period once a month?'" — Jennifer Lawrence

  16. “When [Trump] said that a wife who works is a very dangerous thing, he not only insulted me, he insulted my mother who worked as a special education teacher for 30 years, raised four children while being a wife.” — Eva Longoria

  17. "I finally got my answer to that question: Who do you think you are? I am whoever I say I am." — America Ferrera

  18. "Young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It's bullsh*t. I identify much more with being a warrior — a fighter." — Emma Watson

  19. “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who cares.” — Tina Fey

  20. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga

  21. “Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you, and inspire you.” — Taylor Swift

  22. “I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future property/possession. I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.” — Ariana Grande

  23. “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” — Carrie Bradshaw

  24. “Why is it mischievous, fun, and sexy if a guy has a string of lovers that he’s cast aside, loved and left? Yet if a woman dates three or four people in an eight-year period, she is a serial dater, and it gives some 12-year-old the idea to call her a slut on the internet? It’s not the same for boys; it just isn’t, and that’s a fact.” — Taylor Swift