Power, who holds it? Does it only belong to men as societal norms dictate? No. It is for everyone—those who have the heart to lead, the will to succeed, and the courage to carry on. Power is not exclusive to men. Every person of every gender can bear it, especially women. Now, if I ask you to list down the most powerful women you know, how many hours do I have to wait until I see you write your name? Or have you ever thought about how much power you hold? If you don’t know how strong you are, let these quotes from badass women remind you.
Best Girl Power Quotes from Real Women
From past to present, it is noticeable that the majority of the world leaders are men. In the eyes of many, they dominate the world. As stated in an article from the Associated Press, females only account for no more than 7% of the world’s leaders as of 2019. However, this statistic did not stop empowered women to rule and run the world. Besides, having a seat in the government is not the only way to make a change. Read these girl power inspirational quotes from women who molded the world into a better place, and you’ll see how powerful, influential, and independent girls can be!
1. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand is a novelist and a philosopher who is famous for her written works like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Even after her death in 1982, her books are still selling thousands of copies worldwide, per year. Although she was a controversial figure, we could not discredit the role she played in empowering women. It was one of her dreams that women of all ages throughout the world can be the “masters of their own destinies.” Well, she’s not waiting for someone to tell her what to do. She’s doing things her own way, and there’s nothing that could stop her.
Now, would you let anyone stop you?
2. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Sometimes, there are just some people in this world who make you feel so little about yourself. They think they are above everyone else, and you are nothing but a mere “someone.” Are you, though?
So here’s Eleanor Roosevelt, a former First Lady in the United States, with the most empowering girl power quotes reminding you that you should never allow anyone to make you feel inferior. While we all have our mistakes, insecurities, and fears, let us not forget that these do not make us less of a human. Moreover, you should never compare yourself to others because you are a person of your own. Remember, you are worthy, and you are more than who you think you are.
3. “You were wild once. Don’t let them tame you.” – Isadora Duncan
Why do some people label women as bossy when they are just adhering to their responsibilities as leaders? Or why would others call them difficult to deal with when they’re just telling the truth? You see, society has viewed women as bossy even with their impeccable leadership skills. If they were men, they’d just be a “great leader.” But no matter how hurtful such labels may sound, you should let them drown you. You go, girl! Continue to be you. You have the power, use it wisely.
4. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
I’m sure you’re familiar with Oprah Winfrey, an American talk show host, actress, and producer who is also well-known for her philanthropic acts. Unbeknownst to some, she had a rough childhood. She was a victim of sexual abuse and grew up in a less fortunate household. Regardless, the challenges she encountered enabled her to connect with people on a personal level.
Oprah strived hard to be in the place she is in right now. If she was too afraid to fail and disregard the idea of trying, she may have remained in the shadows of her past. There it is, a piece of advice from a queen to another: never be afraid to fail.
5. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b*tch, okay.” – Madonna
Are you the type of girl who has the grandest dreams that people would look at you and think you could never achieve them? But who are they, anyway? As Madonna said, let them call you ambitious, a b*tch even, so long as you know what you want and you put your heart to it. There’s no other inspirational way to say this: You are a woman, and you can be tough and ambitious! Just remember to have plans that will set you up for success.
6. “I was raised to be an independent woman, not the victim of anything.” – Kamala Harris
Being the 49th Vice President in the United States, Kamala Harris has really proven her strength and independence. In fact, she was the first woman to hold that office. Harris was a daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Because of this, she has to deal with racial justice issues apart from other personal challenges she has to face. She could have let words defeat her, but she refused to be a victim. Instead, she rose to the top and made history.
If she can be strong and independent, I am positive that you can be too!
7. “It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.” – Byron Katie
Nowadays, we could not deny how social media has set the standard for both men and women. If you scroll up and down your feed, you’ll see posts of the perfect “body” and the beautiful “face.” Such images have made most teenage girls and boys believe that they have to conform to these standards to be loved, accepted, and acknowledged. But girl, remember this, you don’t have to change yourself for people to like you. Never ever seek their approval. As the American author, Byron Katie said, it’s your job to like yourself. Therefore, you must learn to accept your flaws, embrace your uniqueness, and love yourself above all else.
8. “I don’t know a woman alive who isn’t courageous.” – Reese Witherspoon
Courageous—one of the best words to describe a strong woman. One of the best words to describe you and every woman in this world, as Reese Witherspoon puts it.
Long ago, women were deprived of basic rights. They weren’t allowed to vote and they only have limited rights to property, employment, and education. Several decades later and we thought everything is falling into place, and the world is giving women the justice they deserve. But we’re wrong. Despite gaining what they have been fighting for, the battle for equality continues. And women continue to muster their courage and fight for their rights as long as they can. In a world that favors men more than women, it surely takes a lot of courage to be a woman.
9. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey
A life without challenges will a combination of all the good things in the world. It’s just a whole lot of fun and everything will be easy. However, that would be far too impossible. Utopia is ideal, but it is imaginary. Regardless of how much we try to avoid challenges, there will come a time when we have to encounter and overcome them. So how will you face such challenges? Or if you are a parent, how can you face the struggles of a working mother? Like a strong woman—look at them in the eye and wink. Bear in mind, strong women will never back away from challenges, we fight with them and win.
So why would you have to fight like a boy, when you can fight like a girl?
10. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was once dubbed as the “Iron Lady” because of how she leads the citizenry. She served as a Prime Minister for 11 years, making her the longest-serving official of that particular office in the 20th century. But how did she stay in that position for more than a decade? Well, because she gets things done and not all talk. And that’s how women lead.
11. “There’s nothing a man can do, that I can’t do better and in heels.” – Ginger Rogers
There are some instances in our lives when we are about to do something and then out of nowhere, someone interrupts us and asks, “But you’re a girl, can you do that?”. If you haven’t heard that question yet, you’re lucky! For some women, though, it can be pretty irritating. Seriously, what are the things that men can do but women can’t? Lift weights? Lead a nation? Play sports? Eh, we can do all of those. So I can’t think of any for now. All I know is that we can do everything, even with our heels on.
12. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
Apart from being the first African-American First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama is a woman of her own. She’s a lawyer and an author who firmly believes that every story we share is valuable.
Since she was a little kid, she always has the determination to succeed. Once, the guidance counselor in her high school told her that she may not be a “Princeton material” and they weren’t sure if they can get into the university she dreamt of. As a teenager, hearing this may have crushed her, but it didn’t. Instead, she asked for a recommendation letter from the assistant principal, wrote an admission essay, and got accepted! Now, she’s one of the strongest women the world looks up to.
Success knows no gender. It knows no color either. And there’s no limitation to it. As long as you have the dedication and willpower, we can do it, girl!
13. “She would rather walk alone in darkness than follow anyone else’s shadow.” – R.G. Moon
In life, there are things that women want to pursue but couldn’t because they are made to believe that such goals are “not” for women. Some people have made a direction for them, saying that they could only be this and that. While such gender biases and stereotypes have been existing for quite a long time already, women chose to live the life they want. They would rather fight battles by themselves than let someone mandate how they should live their lives.
You are a woman, set the path for yourself.
14. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Helen Keller is one of the most notable women in history. Despite not being able to see and hear, she continued to brave life’s “daring adventure.” She grew up and became an author, an advocate for the blind and deaf, and a political activist. Her physical disabilities did not waver her determination to succeed and lend a helping hand to people like her.
And she’s not the only one who is capable of being that great, you are too! So when life gives you the hardest battles, take it as an adventure.
15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
There’s just one thing I’d like to add to this quote from an American journalist, Nora Ephron: You are your own hero. So don’t wait for anyone to save you because you are more than capable of doing that for yourself.
16. “I never ever grew up as a young woman believing that my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted.” – Jacinda Ardern
You’ve probably heard how great New Zealand is in dealing with Covid-19. As of November 2020, the country ranked first globally in its fight against the virus, according to Bloomberg’s data. The greatest factor that contributed to the success of this battle was the decisive and immediate action of their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Her target was to eliminate the virus in the country. Thus, her office devised a strategy and used the resources for the right things, such as testing, tracing, and procurement of vaccines.
Yes, one of the world’s greatest leaders is a woman.
While Science has taught us that inertia keeps the world spinning, it’s girls who keep it running. You may have heard stories about the most notable women in history or read about them in books. You may have seen iconic female characters in movies or looked up to women you find on the news. But you know who else is powerful and great? You.