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11 inspiring International Women’s Day quotes

Tijen Butler March 8, 2019
11 inspiring International Women's Day quotes including those by J.K. Rowling, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana.

11 inspiring International Women's Day quotes including those by J.K. Rowling, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana. (Getty Images)

International Women’s Day is marked every year on March 8. This year, we put together 11 inspiring quotes about women amid the celebration.

It’s the day to appreciate women of history, women of today and women of tomorrow.

Show your appreciation for the ladies in our lives, as well as your support for women’s rights and equality, by copying and sharing these 11 inspiring International Women’s Day quotes by celebrities such as J.K. Rowling,  Cynthia Nixon and Ellen Page.

11 inspiring International Women’s Day Quotes

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling, author.

J.K. Rowling is an inspirational woman icon for International Women's Day
J.K. Rowling is an inspirational woman icon. (Getty)

“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.” — Ban Ki-moon, South Korean diplomat and UN Secretary General

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stands up for equality.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stands up for equality. (John Moore/Getty)

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” — Sheryl Sandberg, first woman to serve on Facebook board of directors.

Sheryl Kara Sandberg is a technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire.
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is a successful and inspirational woman as a technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. (Getty)

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” — Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States.

Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks during a panel discussion at Glamour Hosts "A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls' Education" with First Lady Michelle Obama at The Newseum on October 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama speaks during a panel discussion at Glamour Hosts “A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls’ Education. (Getty)

“We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai, Nobel peace prize winner.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai displays her medal and diploma during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014. 17-year-old Pakistani girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai known as Malala shares the 2014 peace prize with the Indian campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, 60, who has fought for 35 years to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour.
Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai. (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty)

“When you educate a woman, you set her free.” — Oprah Winfrey, talk show host.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty)

“Don’t let anyone tell you you’re weak because you’re a woman.” — Mary Kom, Indian Olympic boxer.

Indian boxer MC Mary Kom (C) is watched by silver medalist Steluta Duta (L) of Romania and bronze medalist Jong OK (R) of North Korea as she celebrates during prize ceremony, after winning a gold medal at the fourth World Women's Boxing Championship in New Delhi, 23 November 2006. India won four gold medals at the Championships which took place in the Indian capital from 18-23 November.
Indian boxer MC Mary Kom (C) as she celebrates after winning a gold medal at the fourth World Women’s Boxing Championship in New Delhi, 23 November 2006. (MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty)

“Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement – good. It should be.” — Ellen Page, actress

Actress Ellen Page visits 'The IMDb Show.'
Ellen Page discussed how liberating it was to openly living as a lesbian, (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty)

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” — Beyonce, singer.

Beyonce, who recently cut ties with Topshop tycoon Philip Green
INDIO, CA – APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.” — Princess Diana, 1961-1997.

Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music, 28th February 1982.
Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music, 28th February 1982. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty)

“To all the young people. To all the young women. To all the young queer people who reject the gender binary. Soon you’ll be standing here, and when it’s your turn, you’ll win.” — Cynthia Nixon

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: New York Democratic primary candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon speaks with her her wife, Christine Marinoni, after making a concession speech at a Brooklyn restaurant on September 13, 2018 in New York City. In a race where she sought to attract disenfranchised voters and those on the left, the actress and activist was challenging the incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.
New York Democratic primary candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon speaks with her her wife, Christine Marinoni, after making a concession speech at a Brooklyn restaurant on September 13, 2018 in New York City. In a race where she sought to attract disenfranchised voters and those on the left, the actress and activist was challenging the incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

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