17 Inspiring Quotes About Female Empowerment To Help You Through Your Day

By Sarah Landrum

Right now in celebrity-ville, there is an intense wave of feminism taking over, and it could not be more awesome. Both men and women are speaking out about the importance of empowering females, and so far, it seems like it’s working

1. Beyoncé


“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” (Marie Claire)

When it comes to empowering women, and basically anything else, Bey wears the crown. She’s all about girls running the world.

2. Emma Watson


I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.” (BrainyQuote)

Realizing that you can make up your mind about exactly who you want to be is so liberating, especially in a world where we’re often told what we should be.

3. Emma Stone


“Confidence is the only key. I know a lot of people who aren’t traditionally ‘beautiful’ – not symmetrical or perfect-bodied or perfect-skinned. But none of that matters because all that shines through is their confidence, humor and comfort with themselves. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” (MTV)

Emma knows that real beauty shines from within and comes in all shapes and sizes. Be confident in what makes you beautiful, especially your flaws.

4. Jennifer Lawrence


“My New Year’s Resolution is to stand up for myself. It’s hard for me. Nobody wants to be disliked. You always want to be polite and be nice. I tried to find a balance in saying what I mean and still being nice. I can’t do it. I have this ‘okay’ attitude and everything. I end up allowing myself to get walked over and resenting it.” (Bustle)

Preach, J-Law. Empowerment means standing up for yourself and not being afraid to say what’s in your heart.

5. Amy Poehler


“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” (MTV)

Amy knows it’s time to stop trying to prove we’re invincible. Even the strongest need a little help sometimes, and it’s okay to ask for it.

6. Tina Fey


“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions… Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” (Goodreads)

Enough Said, Tina.

7. Ashton Kutcher


“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap! I promise you! It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it.” (Babble)

You’ve got it, Ashton!

8. Zooey Deschanel


“I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.” (Buzzfeed)

In a world where the pressure for women to conform to be successful is overwhelming, Zooey is putting her foot down. You go, girl.

9. Steve Jobs


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Shared in his famous graduation speech, Steve’s quote empowers us to be confident and go after our dreams. He reminds us of the importance of loving ourselves and staying true to who we are.

10. Taylor Swift


“I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.” (Buzzfeed)

In true T-Swift fashion, Taylor continues to spread her wisdom. She’s shown us how to shake off the haters and empower women, and now she’s showing us that happiness is the key to it all.

11. J.K Rowling


“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” (Buzzfeed)

You don’t have to live in the magical world of Harry Potter to learn from J.K. Rowling. Next time you’re wishing for a magic wand to take back your mistakes, remember that every failure gives you strength.

12. Melissa McCarthy


“Hollywood wants to make women so perfect. Perfect hair. Perfect job. Perfect manners… I know some of the most beautiful women, and they are so weird. That’s what makes them funny and captivating.” (AZ Quotes)

Go ahead, let out your inner weirdo, ladies!

13. Shonda Rhimes


“At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” (Buzzfeed)

The proof is in the pudding: Shonda Rhimes, the genius behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, shows us how far crossing boundaries can take you.

14. Demi Lovato


“Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.” (BrainyQuote)

That should be everyone’s life motto. Women can be stereotyped as being too emotional, but we have the right to feel whatever we want to feel and do whatever we want to make ourselves happy.

 15. Blake Lively


“I’m always the first person to defend Gwyneth Paltrow. Or any woman in a position of power, like Martha Stewart or Oprah, who gets burned. Because they have paved the path for so many other women who are doing something they believe in.” (OK! Magazine)

It often seems so easy to hop on the gossip train and snicker about other women, but don’t let yourself be forced into it. Stand up for your fellow women and don’t be afraid to do something you believe in, either.

16. Kerry Washington


“We need to be willing to be uncomfortable, to be flawed, to be imperfect, to own our voice, to step into our light, so that we can continue to inspire other people and employ other people, and make room for more and more voices and presence.” (Buzzfeed)

17. Hillary Clinton

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfil my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.” (Marie Claire)

And we’re so glad you did, Hillary.


Sarah Landrum is a freelance writer and blogger. Passionate about empowering women, she shares advice on navigating the work world and pushing boundaries to achieve happiness, respect, and success in your career. You can find her dishing out career wisdom on Twitter, Google+ and her career blog, Punched Clocks.


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