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100 Inspirational Quotes for Women Showcasing Strength and Motivation

Everyone needs a little inspiration sooner or later and these inspirational quotes for women can help with that. We have gathered the best quotes for strength and motivation. So if you are looking for empowering quotes for women you have come to the right place.

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Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Women

“You have to be consistent. You have to be yourself. You have to be committed to what you’re doing. You have to not be afraid to be ambitious.” —Roxane Gay

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” —Michelle Obama

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“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” —Arianna Huffington

“It’s really important for us to be unapologetic. To be bold. To be brave. And to take huge risks.” —Awkwafina

“Everything is figureoutable.”— Marie Forleo

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”— Oprah Winfrey

“It doesn’t matter when you start, it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. All that matters is that you truly follow your own path, your own way, at your own pace. Be kind to yourself and others, and follow your intuition always. That is real bravery.”— Diana Shneider, co-founder, BELLA. Skin Beauty

“All the people who knock me down only inspire me to do better.” —Selena Gomez

“Stay in motion, whether things are going well, or they have taken a complete nosedive. It is easier to keep moving towards your big goal than to come to a complete stop and then try to regain your momentum. Even the tiniest of baby steps is still a step closer to where you want to be.” —Keita Williams, founder of SuccessBully

“I firmly believe you must first ask for what you want and then make a decision to get what you want. It doesn’t take a genie, just a well-thought-out plan.” —Michelle Gamble, owner of 3L Publishing

“Some of us are walking around thinking everybody else knows more than us or has it better than us when in all actuality, we have everything we need within. If we could just refocus that energy inward we’d see we’ve had it all along.” —Terri Lomax, founder, Mocha Girls Pit Stop Blog

“Connect to something that’s bigger than yourself. How can you tap your talents and interests to benefit others or the world? The more you help others get what they want, the more you will reap.” —Judy Holland, author

“What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best—which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.” —Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Field’s

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Short Inspirational Quotes for Women

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Especially not yourself.” —Mindy Kaling

“Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you. Learn everything you can.” —Jameela Jamil

“We have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.” —Beyonce

“Once you know who you are, you don’t have to worry anymore.” —Nikki Giovanni

“There were times I was underestimated a lot. It gave me a unique benefit.” —Elaine Welteroth

“Why not take a chance and bet on happiness? —Jenny Han

“In a world that wants women to whisper, I choose to yell.” —Luvvie Ajayi

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“‘No’ today doesn’t mean ‘no’ tomorrow.” —Yvonne Orji

“Let your creativity be a river, not a destination.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’” —Amy Poehler

“You will not determine my story. I will.” —Amy Schumer

“Don’t be like the rest of them darling.” —Coco Chanel

“My best successes came on the heels of failure.” —Barbara Corcoran

“Life is not so much what you accomplish as what you overcome.” —Robin Roberts

“Hold onto your old friends. Kiss your mama. Admit what your dreams are.” —Maya Rudolph

“Invite people into your life that don’t look or think like you.” —Mellody Hobson

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” —Amelia Earhart

“Hope is the most exciting thing there is in life.” —Mandy Moore

“Ditch the dream and be a doer.” —Shonda Rhimes

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” —Estée Lauder

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” —Katharine Hepburn

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Captions for Girls, Short Quotes for Girls, Fierce Captions, Inspirational Letter Board Quotes, Girl’s Night Quotes and Girl’s Trip Captions.

Empowering Quotes for Women

“It’s not your job to be likeable. It’s your job to be yourself. Someone will like you anyway.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“One of the biggest qualities is having an awareness outside of yourself, and understanding that the world doesn’t revolve around your needs.”— Brie Larson

“Boss up and change your life.” —Lizzo

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“Once you’ve taken your seat at the table, it’s your job to pull out a chair for the others, too. Look for the ‘others.’ Acknowledge them. Build a platform for them.”— Bianca Bass, marketing and brand consultant

“When someone tells you that you can’t, figure out how you can.” —Clarice Lam, chef and owner of The Baking Bean bakery

“My experiences remind me that it’s those black clouds that make the blue skies even more beautiful.” —Kelly Clarkson

“There’s no such thing as a ‘smart business idea’—there’s only an idea that is smart for you.” —Marianne Cantwell, author of Be a Free Range Human

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” —Hannah Lavon, founder of Pals Socks

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be yourself.” —Emma Stone

“You never know if you can actually do something against all odds until you actually do it.” —Abby Wambach

“Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” —Martha Stewart

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“We forget we have the right to have a voice. You have the right to get what you ask for. And if you say nothing, you’re going to have zero percent chance to fix it.” —Joy Mangano

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” —Audrey Hepburn

“True leadership is when you create opportunity for others, including yourself.” —Shama Patel, founder and CEO of Clean Your Dirty Face

“Run your own race. Don’t be distracted by what others are doing.  Set and go after your own goals.”— Jen Gouldstone, founder and president, Garden Streets

“Your mindset can control you, or you can control it. It can reward you, or it can own you. You get to decide. What are you choosing?” — Leila Kashani,co-founder of Alleyoop

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.” —Simone Biles

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“Your unique magnificence is blinding in its beauty.” —Kim E. Woods, president, Kaleidoscope Enterprises

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” —Madeleine Albright

“No one is going to tell you all the things you want to hear all the time. You have to know them yourself.” —Busy Philipps

“We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing.  It is time to take ownership in our success.” —Tory Burch, fashion designer

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” —Gloria Steinem

Motivational Quotes for Women

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” —Lalah Deliah

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day.” —Janis Joplin

“Choose your dream. Work to the extreme.” —Tyra Banks

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“I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.” —Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code

“You have to be careful when you’re getting feedback because people will give you conflicting feedback all the time, but ultimately you end up following your own inner guide.” —Natalie Portman

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” —Rosa Parks

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” —Lucille Ball

“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.” – Helen Keller

“Find your ‘why’ so that you have the strength and resilience to push through those times when everything else is telling you no.”— Lisa Wimberger, founder, The Neurosculpting Institute

“Take one day a week for yourself and go “off the grid.”  If smartphones are allowed to recharge, shouldn’t we be allowed to as well?” — Elizabeth Borsting, president of Elizabeth Borsting Public Relations, Inc.

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Serena Williams

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“Let your compassion fuel your passion.” — Achea Redd, founder of Real Girls F.A.R.T.

“Follow your heart, find your calling. Our calling is the magic point of where who we are meets what we do. A calling is what you work on, a title or achievement is what you work towards. Which one do you think feels better and creates more impact?” —Rebecca Cafiero, founder of BrandCamp

“Don’t let the rejection deter you from staying confident in your venture.” —Alexa Curtis, founder of Life Unfiltered With Alexa Curtis

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Helen Keller

“If you are giving a lot of value, if you are making an impact in people’s lives, it will be reflected in your bank account.” —Millie Leung, entrepreneur and coach

“The warrior knows that her heartbreak is her map.” —Glennon Doyle

“My husband always tells me that I’m the most unrelenting person he’s ever met, and it’s true. If I make a commitment to something, I will stick to it no matter what.” —Jenny Craig

“There will always be someone who is better than you at something, so stay true to yourself and find your voice—it’s the only thing that will differentiate you from your colleagues.” —Rosina Bosco, co-founder and CCO of Flat Irons Development

“Every day is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be.” —Demi Lovato

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“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” —Dr. Harriet Braiker

“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” —Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Just start. And once you do, don’t stop. Keep moving forward and find a way.” —Shannon Latham, owner and lead designer of Little English

“Look for what sparks the fire in your heart. Go there. But more importantly, keep showing up.” —Michelle Kuei, founder of Elevate Lifecoaching

“Success requires competence and confidence. You must be good at what you do; and you must speak up and take credit for your work.  One or the other just won’t cut it.” — Michelle Bomberger, CEO and managing attorney, Equinox Business Law Group

“Stay committed and consistent and you will achieve your goals. Never give up.” —Kelly Rowland

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“Value your time so you can spend time doing what you value.” —Melissa St. Clair, owner, Paper Chaser Biz

“Look at all sides of the idea presented. There are nuggets that may not be on the surface of the idea. One bad idea could blossom into something unlikely and special.” —Elizabeth Dodson, co-founder of HomeZada

“Be kind and always stay fair and ethical.” —Anita Mahaffey, founder of Cool-Jams, Inc.

“You must stay true to your values, dreams, talents, instincts, passion and everything that makes you, you.” —Kim Kiyosaki, investor, entrepreneur and author

“Do we want to progress? If we want to progress, let women be all they can be. Don’t get in their way.” —Danai Gurira

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” —Judy Garland

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

I don’t know a woman alive who isn’t courageous. ― Reese Witherspoon

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” -Michelle Obama

“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

“We have to let go of the idea of balance in order to move toward the life we want.” — Tonya Dalton, founder of inkWELL Press Productivity Co.

“Celebrate the wins in life but never be complacent.” — Danielle Takata, co-founder and creative director, Dreambox Creations Los Angeles

“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money—when you feel true passion for something you instinctively find ways to nurture it.” —Eileen Fisher

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” — Drew Barrymore

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“When you feel broken by life’s painful moments, realize you are as resilient as sea glass, a bottle broken by the movement of the waves, but still beautiful.” —Virginia Buckingham, author of On My Watch

“Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams.” —Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal and author of Girlboss

“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” —Erica Jong

“Always stay passionate about what you are doing!” —Emma Moquet, co-founder of Kova Hair

“I like to evaluate each day by thinking, ‘What can I do today to build the life I want?’” —Amanda Daering, CEO,

“My natural thing is to be a problem solver. And so when things happen to me, I’m, like, ‘Walk away.’ Because that’s how I was my entire life. I’ve been in the storm too long for that to shake me.” —Mariah Carey

“I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making, and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over. Sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise—but one that I had carved with my own hand.” —Michelle Williams

Inspirational Quotes About Strong Women

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” —Brene Brown

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” —Gina Care

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“Every time someone writes that I play ‘strong women’ what they’re implying is that most women aren’t. How about I just play well written parts?” — Jessica Chastain

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” — Malala Yousafzai

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not.” — Reba McEntire

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” — Kavita Ramdas

“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” — Sarah Dessen

“Sports provide girls with the opportunity to develop a better relationship with their bodies. They can be aggressive on the court, be strong and still be feminine.” — Gabrielle Reece

“I didn’t have anybody. Really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life.” — Tina Turner

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.” — Emma Watson

“I think scars are like battle wounds – beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it.” — Demi Lovato

“I believe in strong women. I believe in the woman who is able to stand up for herself.” — C. JoyBell C.

“A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.” — Carly Simon

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” —Sarah Blakely, founder and creator of Spanx

“When people don’t want the best for you, they are not the best for you.” —Gayle King

“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in.” —Hillary Clinton

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“‘Dig your well before you’re thirsty.’ Many people don’t realize you need to build a network without expecting anything in return first. The success will follow. Start digging!” —Caitlin McCarthy, owner and founder of C|Louise Agency

“Inner peace is possible when you practice outward gratitude.” —Emily Lynn Paulson, author of Highlight Real

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” —Maya Angelou

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” —Malala Yousafzai

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.” —Katia Beauchamp, CEO and co-founder of Birchbox

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand

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“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”- Margaret Thatcher

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”- Helen Keller

“I have a strong personality, and I say what I think.” — Penelope Cruz

“Be strong, believe in who you are; be strong, believe in what you feel.” — Melissa Etheridge

“A true diva is graceful, and talented, and strong, and fearless and brave and someone with humility.” — Beyoncé

Inspirational Captions for International Women’s Day

  • It’s the little things that matter most.
  • Choose your own path.
  • Happy thoughts only.
  • Small steps in the right direction.
  • Celebrate your wins.
  • You’ll never regret investing in yourself.
  • Deep inside, we’re all golden sunflowers.
  • Love life, live life
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  • Attack the day with enthusiasm!
  • Whatever is good to your soul, do more of that.
  • Be proud of how far you’ve come.
  • Choose people who choose you.
  • Super thankful that I’m alive.
  • Choose to shine today.
  • Finding happiness in the little things.
  • Find joy in the ordinary
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  • I’m glad you’re here.
  • Starting fresh with a full heart and big dreams.
  • Look for the magic in everyday.
  • It’s my time to shine.
  • Write it in your heart that today will be the best day ever.
  • Focus on the good.
  • Love life, live life
  • Show up.
  • Never lose your sunshine.
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  • Hello happiness.
  • You matter.
  • Make today count.
  • Every day is a new beginning.

So that’s our list.

So go out and find what inspires you!

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About the Author

Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

With extensive experience as a travel writer, social media specialist and grant writer, I have made it my mission to curate the best and easiest to use lists for your next post.

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