March is Women's History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating all that is strong, creative, and beautiful about women. But along with all of the celebration, recent political headlines have given many supporters of women's rights a lot to worry about. If you're a young woman today, chances are, you are equally optimistic and terrified about the future, which is why you could probably use a few inspiring quotes for Women's History Month.
Women have come a long way since the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granted them the right to vote. Hell, one even came within arm's reach of a seat in the highest office of the United States government. Yet, sadly, there is still a long way to travel on the road to equal rights, equal pay, and equal opportunity in society. Fortunately, there are plenty of women in the arts, in government, and in business who have been speaking their minds and blazing trails on behalf of women all over the world.
As the world gets ready to honor all of the amazing contributions women have made throughout history, take a look at some of these powerful words by women who have excelled in their chosen fields. And whether you've always wanted to write a book, run for office, or start a business, there's no better time than Women's History Month to take the first step. Who knows? You may inspire future generations of women to follow your path.
"If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one." — Dolly Parton
"When you’re through changing, you’re through." — Martha Stewart
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt
"You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them." — Shonda Rhimes
"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." — Margaret Thatcher
"I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time." — Jennie Finch
"Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance." — Anne Lamott
"I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone." — Tory Burch
"I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done." — Lucille Ball
"I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back." — Malala Yousafzai
"I was smart enough to go through any door that opened." — Joan Rivers
"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." — Ayn Rand
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
"The most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder." — Salma Hayek
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use." — Ruth Gordo
"Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination." — Mae Jemison
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any." — Alice Walker