I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling down or need a little bit of extra inspiration, I look to women who are brave with their life. By reading the stories and actions of real women, I feel connected and am reassured of all I am capable of, too.
Ever since I was old enough to read, I kept a journal of quotes I liked. Some were silly, some made me smile, and some still make me cry. I’m fascinated by language and am constantly savoring words, especially when someone arranges them so elegantly that it moves emotions.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from strong women as of late:
From Oprah Winfrey:
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”
From Greta Thunberg, 16-Year-Old Swedish Environmentalist:
“I don't understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or white. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don't. We have to change.”
Greta Thunberg may be younger than any of us, but she’s not afraid to speak out for what she believes is right. Last year, she started skipping school on Fridays to protest on the Swedish Parliament stairs. Now, she’s doing talks all over the world urging politicians to make a change for our environment before there is nothing left to preserve. You can listen to her entire TED Talk here.
From Maya Angelou, American Poet and Civil Rights Activist:
“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.”
Because sometimes you just need to be blunt about it.
From U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
"You can't have it all, all at once. Who—man or woman—has it all, all at once? Over my lifespan I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time things were rough. And if you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it."
I think this is a great reminder. I love so many of the quotes from her, but even more I love what she’s done for our country and its people. We owe so much to her. And if you aren’t familiar with her, I highly encourage you to read into her life’s story (or watch a film—there are several out now including RBG and On the Basis of Sex).
From Emma Watson, British Actor and Activist:
“If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals.
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are—we can all be freer.”
This is quite a long quote, but a perspective I think is important: feminism is not just about women. This is a quote from her speech for the United Nations at a HeForShe campaign. You can read the full speech by clicking here.
“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
Michelle Obama’s Becoming is hands-down one of my favorite books that I read this year. I’m admittedly a crier—when I read or see something sad but also when I feel inspired and touched. I couldn’t get through a single chapter of her book without tears. Read it. Let me help you, here’s a link (not an affiliate link, just a good recommendation!): https://becomingmichelleobama.com/
From Brené Brown, Author and Shame Researcher (yes, you read that correctly):
“Vulnerability isn’t good or bad . . . it is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. To foreclose on our emotional life out of fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living.”
If you haven’t come across her work yet, I would definitely recommend looking into her perspectives and research on shame and vulnerability. I’m working through her books Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. You can also check out her TED Talk, or if you have Netflix, she has a great talk on there. I dare you to be brave and open yourself up to what she has to say.
From Rhonda Britten, Inspirational Speaker and Author:
“You don't have to earn or deserve love. You are love. Loving is never about how others treat you. It is always about how you are treating yourself.”
I first came across Rhonda Britten in a podcast with Flourish & Thrive Academy, and I was so compelled by her story that I bought her book, Fearless Living: Live Without Excuses and Love Without Regrets. Rhonda has gone through incredible childhood trauma, and if she can face her fears, we can, too.
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