International Women's Day has been important since it's inception in the early 1900s, but this year, it seems even more so. With women's marches taking over the country and a misogynistic President of the United States, there's a huge need for some resistance quotes for International Women's Day.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, there are a few different definitions for the word resistance, but my favorite is the first one: "the refusal to accept or comply with something." Whether it's accepting the current administration's policies on women and their rights, complying with sexist co-workers and workplace's inability to give women a fair and equal wage, or accepting that the world is often a misogynistic place, it's a woman's duty to resist.
But you're not the first woman to joint he resistance. In fact, women resisting has been happening for a very long time. It's unbelievable that so much work still has to be done, but you can continue plowing the path that the women before you started with these 19 #resistance quotes for International Women's Day. It's not enough just to celebrate women; you have to remember how far women have come and how far you have to go. With a little determination, sass, and a whole lot of resistance, you can make it happen.
"It's not a woman's job to get smaller and smaller until she disappears so the world can be more comfortable." — Glennon Doyle Melton
"The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community." — Susan Sontag
"I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light." — Margaret Atwood, 'The Handmaid's Tale'
"A woman is like a tea bag; you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." — Eleanor Roosevelt
"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it." — Roseanne Barr
"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." — Audre Lord
"I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else." — Dolly Parton
"Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it. Not now." — Hillary Clinton
"It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated." — Albus Dumbeldore, 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'
"I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women." — Susan B. Anthony
"I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up." — Malala Yousafzai
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow." — Carrie Fisher
"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead." — Beyoncé
"The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me." — Ayn Rand
"We can tell stories all night and we can talk about the women who have inspired us. But what inspires me is not just who they are, but what they do. They roll their sleeves up and they get to work." — Hillary Clinton
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." — Marie Curie
"People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically . . . no, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." — Rosa Parks
"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." — Eleanor Roosevelt
"What I've learned is that real change is very, very hard. But I've also learned that change is possible — if you fight for it." — Elizabeth Warren