45 Inspiring Strong Women Quotes

Do you know what makes a woman strong? It’s not the size of her muscles, the amount of money in her bank account, or how many people she can intimidate. A woman is strong when she has faced her fears, overcome obstacles, and never given up on her dreams. I lost my mother this year but she was the strongest woman I’ve ever known and I miss her every single day. Moms are like that and quotes about strong women are meant to celebrate the strong women in our lives.

Just like the strong women they represent, the following 45 quotes are amazing, empowering statements that help remind us all of just how powerful women can be. Enjoy!

Let the quotes about strong women begin!

45 Inspiring Strong Women Quotes - "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." - Coco Chanel

1) “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

2) “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

3) “I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.” – Diane Von Furstenberg

4) “I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants.” – Queen Latifah

5) “And you, you scare people because you are whole all by yourself.” – Lauren Alex Cooper

6) “Women are the real architects of society.” – Cher

7) “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

Strong Women Quotes by Maya Angelou

45 Inspiring Strong Women Quotes - "Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else." - Maya Angelou

8) “Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” – Maya Angelou

9) “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

10) “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

11) “Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.” – Alicia Keys

12) “I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.” – Calamity Jane

13) “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild

14) “I had to remind myself of the truth of who I was and the reality that success wasn’t defined by a result but by faithfulness. I had to remember that my identity and healing weren’t dependent on the voices that surrounded me and that the truth wasn’t dependent on popular opinion or cultural responses. I had to focus on what was real and true. The straight line instead of the crooked.” – Rachael Denhollander

15) “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

16) “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

Quotes for a Confident Woman


17) “If you can dance and be free and be embarrassed, you can rule the world.” – Amy Poehler

18) “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

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

20) “Don’t let a little stormy weather get you down, there is always sunshine on the other side.” – Heather A. Stillufsen

21) “Life is very interesting…In the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

22) “I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.” – Carice van Houten

23) “I love hearing educated people speak and just shut everyone up. Knowledge is always the loudest voice.” – Zendaya

24) “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

25) “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg

26) “Never apologize for being a powerful woman.” – Unknown

27) “Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.” – P!nk

28) “One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go.” – Sheila Murray Bethel

29) “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

Inspiring Woman Quotes

"Perhaps some detours aren’t detours at all. Perhaps they are actually the path." - Katherine Wolf

30) “Perhaps some detours aren’t detours at all. Perhaps they are actually the path.” – Katherine Wolf

31) “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles

32) “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.” – Amy Schumer

33) “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” – Unknown

34) “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy

Strong Women Quotes by Beyoncé Knowles

"The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence." - Beyoncé Knowles

35) “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” – Beyoncé Knowles

36) “I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.” – Beyoncé Knowles

37) “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

38) “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah

Quotes for a Strong Woman With Attitude!

"I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a [censored], okay." - Madonna

39) “I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a [censored], okay.” – Madonna

40) “A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

41) “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

42) “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” – Melinda Gates

43) “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

44) “The world needs strong women – women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.” – Amy Tenney

45) “You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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