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17 Inspirational Quotes From Women To Celebrate International Women's Day

It's no secret that I'm a proud feminist, and forever educating myself on what it means to be a woman in society today. You can only imagine my delight on a day like International Women's Day. (Not only is it International Women's Day today, I also get to vote in my state's primary elections today... so I'm feeling extra powerful and awesome today, thank you very much.) But I don't always feel powerful and awesome. Sometimes I need a little boost to get me there. Sometimes, I need an inspirational quote from women who are total badasses to remind me that I am entirely capable of deciding my own destiny, and climbing any ladder it might take to get there.

Sometimes, you need a boost to remind you that you are woman and the world needs to hear you roar. That you are a woman, and you are perfect the way you are. That you are a woman, and you should make no apologies for that. Because being a woman is a privilege, an honor, and these women have said things that support that fact — they believe in themselves, in their beauty, in their potential... and you should too. So keep these inspirational quotes in your back pocket not just today, but every day.

"I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will." - Amy Schumer

"Someone once told me that it's a small revolution in itself just to be a person of color, and a woman, and be yourself." - Amandla Stenberg

"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced." - Malala Yousafzai

"Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are." - Beyoncé

"Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself." - Taylor Swift

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

"You can't get hung up on thinking, 'Am I the victim of this situation?' No, I'm in charge of it." - Mindy Kaling

"You are enough today, and the second you accept yourself is the second everybody else around you does as well." - Gina Rodriguez

"Don't ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." - Michelle Obama

"Women — we have the power of the world, and we can make or break a man with just a sentence." - Zoe Saldana

"Nothing worth having is easy." - Jenna Lyons

"Real fearless and fierce women compliment other women, and we recognize that their shine in no way diminishes our light, and that it actually makes our light brighter." - Gabrielle Union

"When you can't find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example." - Roxane Gay

"I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations, or let others define my worth." - Sonia Sotomayor

"No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." - Lupita Nyong'o

"You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate, and fulfill your own dreams and destiny." - Viola Davis

"It's not just about being healthy; it's also about loving who you are. If you don't love who you are, you are never going to feel 100 percent satisfied in life. It all starts with you. If you don't love you, nobody else is going to be able to." - Ashley Graham