Updated: Mar 16
In honor of Women’s History Month, I have compiled the 10 best inspirational quotes about women, by women.
“A woman should look down for one reason: to see how cute her heels look.” – Maria Felix
Maria Felix was a Mexican actress and singer during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Known as La Doña, Felix made over 47 films in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy and Argentina. Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of Mexican cinema, her strong personality and taste for finesse garnered her the title of diva early in her career.
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Sophia Loren
International movie star Sophia Loren was named by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest stars of Classical Hollywood cinema and as of 2023, is one of the last surviving major stars from the era. Loren is also the only remaining living person to appear on AFI's list of the 50 greatest stars of American film history, positioned 21st.
“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand was a Russian-born American writer and philosopher. She is known for her fiction and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge; she rejected faith and religion. Rand's books have sold over 37 million copies.
“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon. In business with her husband, Carl, from 1950 to 1992, Apfel led a career in textiles, including a contract with the White House that spanned nine presidencies. Proving that age is only a number, she has become a fashion icon, signing to IMG in 2019 as a model at age 97!
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.” – Marie Curie
Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win a Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two scientific fields.
“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways.” – Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle is an American author and activist. Doyle is also the creator of the online community Momastery, and is the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women-led nonprofit organization supporting women, families, and children in crisis.
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” – Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to become the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta helped organize the Delano grape strike in 1965 in California and was the lead negotiator in the workers' contract that was created after the strike. Huerta is the originator of the phrase, Si Se Puede, which would become the motto of the UFW.
“At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Her reputation as an artist developed late in her life and grew even further posthumously. Kahlo is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, as well as one of Mexico's most important twentieth-century figures.
“I’d rather regret the things that I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” – Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball was an American actress, comedian, and producer. Best known as the start of “I Love Lucy”, she starred in over 80 films. She was nominated for 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning five times, and was the recipient of several other accolades, such as the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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