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45 Badass Women Quotes: Sayings to Help You Feel Powerful

If there’s one thing every person learns in their lifetime, it’s how powerful women are. Even while underrepresented, silenced, and pushed aside, women stand strong and use their voices whenever possible.

With these powerful women come 45 badass women quotes. Each of these quotes helps you feel powerful as a woman or as a human being walking through this life.

45 Badass Women Quotes


1. “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
2. “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” – Joan of Arc
3. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf
4. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron
5. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington
6. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
7. “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie
8. “Life is about finding yourself, embracing your strengths and weaknesses, and being true to who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
9. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
10. “Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.” – Ava Duvernay
11. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
12. “Bring your whole self to the experience. Because the more we do that, the more that people get to see that, the more comfortable everybody’s gonna be with it.” – Bozoma Saint John
13. “Once I learned to like me more than others did, then I didn’t have to worry about being the funniest or the most popular or the prettiest. I was the best me and I only ever tried to be that.” – Issa Rae
14. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland
15. “We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.” – Shirley Chisholm
16. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton
17. “I raise up my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafvai
18. “Stay strong. Stand up. Have a voice.” – Shawn Johnson
19. “If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.” – Mindy Kaling
20. “You must love and care for yourself because that’s when the best comes out.” – Tina Turner
21. “I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
22. “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells
23. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles
24. “Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person.” – Gloria Steinem
25. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Charlotte Brontë
26. “I just want to be myself, and I really can’t say I’m sorry for it. I just can’t.” – Aidy Bryant
27. “You have the right to be involved. You have something important to contribute, and you have to take the risk to contribute it.” – Mae Jemison
28. “In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall come nearer to success and that success in our aims (the improvement of the lot of mankind, present and future) is worth attaining.” – Rosalind Franklin
29. “Your value will not be what you know; it will be what you share.” – Ginni Rometty
30. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” – Frida Kahlo
31. “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
32. “Success, for me, is staying true to who you are and not deviating off a path.” – Amy Sherald
33. “Walk away from friendships that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire you and support you.” – Michelle Obama
34. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton
35. “You had the power all along my dear.” – Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
36. “Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.” – Audre Lorde
37. “It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” – Emma Watson
38. “Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.” – Michelle Obama
39. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
40. “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” – Sophia Bush
41. “I love my curves, my tattoos, my imperfections and my jiggling thighs. No one said you had to.” – Unknown
42. “We need to raise our voices a little more, even as they say to us, ‘This is so uncharacteristic of you.’ Invisibility is not a natural state for anyone.” – Mitsuye Yamada
43. “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
44. “Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.” – Rae Smith
45. “Don’t give up, don’t take anything personally, and don’t take no for an answer.” – Sophia Amoruso

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