30 Famous Powerful Women Quotes

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Are you looking for motivational quotes by strong women? I have selected the 30 best quotes I know by some of the most famous powerful women. They are guaranteed to remind you of the strength and power of women. Never forget that you are good enough just the way you are. And that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you just put your mind to it.

It might seem like these famous women on this list are extraordinary and that they have skills and charisma that normal people just can’t have. But that’s not true. They are just as ordinary as the rest of us. They simply never let that stand in their way. Without further ado, let’s get to the quotes!

Motivational quotes by powerful women

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

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

3. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind learning.”
– Amy Poehler

4. “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

5. “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

6. “Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
– Ziad K. Abdelnour

7. “Understand that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.”
– Michelle Obama

8. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
– Rosalynn Carter

9. “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

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

11. “You must know that you can do this. You are strong. And you will make it. Just hang on and keep believing in yourself, always.”
– Heather A. Stillufsen

12. “Don’t hold back because you think it’s unladylike. We shouldn’t be shamed out of our anger. We should be using it. Using it to make change in our own lives, and using it to make change in the lives around us.”
Jessica Valenti

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

14. “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence”
– Beyoncé

A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done

15. “Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills, before the onset of a hurricane.”
– Nikita Hill

16. “I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.”
– Marilyn Monroe

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

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

19. “I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
– Madonna

20. “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

21. “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

22. “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”
– Katherine Henson

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

24. “Truly powerful women don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage with those who don’t give it to them.”
– Anonymous

25. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”
– Jennifer Lopez

26. “A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”
– Harriet Morgan

27. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”
– Stephanie Bennett-Henry

28. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
– Angela Davis

29. “There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you.”
– Kamala Harris

30. “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 Clinton


Which one of these quotes is your favorite? Share it in the comments! And make sure to also go read the 40 best leveling up quotes and 30 Inspiring Quotes About Rebuilding Yourself.

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  1. I love this post, so many awesome quotes by powerful and successful women. My favourite one is. “I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.”
    – Marilyn Monroe. This is so like me!
    Have a great week.
    Lisa 🙂

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