Women's History Month starts today, and I can't think of another time in history where it has been more needed. Amid the awfulness aimed at women over the past few months, it will be refreshing to celebrate the contributions and achievements of great women throughout history. There's no question that this country just went through one of the most tumultuous election cycles ever recorded, and the current administration poses a threat to women's rights. It's not easy to get through. But there are some Women's History Month quotes that can inspire to not only this month, but all year round.
March 1 is the official start to Women's History Month, where events and activities will be held in honor of the many women who've contributed to American history. The big one, "A Day Without A Woman," is a strike put together by the organizers of the Women's March and will take place on March 8 — also know as International Women's Day. Participants are encouraged not to do paid or unpaid labor, shop only at small, women's or minority owned businesses, and to wear red in solidarity.
There are many emotions surrounding this year's Women's History Month. And not all are positive. To keep spirits high, here is a collection of 17 badass quotes from famous American women, both historic and contemporary, to get you through the ups and downs of remembrance and resistance.
"I am no longer accepting the things I can not change. I am changing the things I can not accept." - Angela Davis
"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." - Rosa Parks
"Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk." - Dolores Huerta
"Our ‘Pathway’ is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"We didn't take no sh*t from nobody. We had nothing to lose. You all had rights. We had nothing to lose. I'll be the first one to step on any organization any politician's toes if I have to. To get the rights for my community." - Sylvia Rivera
"People have the power to redeem the work of fools." - Patti Smith
"The secret of our success is that we never, never give up." -Wilma Mankiller
"It's not women's liberation; it is women's and men's liberation." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard." - Hillary Clinton
"No one ever changes the world who isn't obsessed." - Billie Jean King
"We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist." - Linda Sarsour
"Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency." - Maya Angelou
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron
"The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own." - Betty Friedan
"People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet."- Temple Grandin
"Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow's world is yours to build." - Yuri Kochiyama
Densho on YouTube
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." - Gloria Steinum