Inspirational Quotes For Women Who Are Leaders

Written by Harini Natarajan , Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

Women are powerhouses of strength, wisdom, and confidence. Not only do they strive towards their own success and life goals, but they also motivate those around them. A sister, a mother, a daughter, or a friend — women play multiple roles. We rely on them for their support, advice, faith, love, companionship, and so much more. Thus, it will not be an exaggeration to say that women are the cornerstones of society and civilization as a whole.

To celebrate them is to celebrate the joy of life. So, check out this list of the best inspirational quotes that provide a sneak peek into the enigma that women are! Keep scrolling.

Inspirational Quotes For Black Women

Inspirational Quotes For Black Women

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Black women have lived through a long history of oppression. However, they didn’t bow down and emerged stronger, becoming an inspiration for all. Here are some inspirational quotes for black women that resonate with their problems and spread their light:

  • “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”– Maya Angelou
  • “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”– Oprah Winfrey
  • “It’s time for you to move, realizing that the thing you are seeking is also seeking you.”– Iyanla Vanzant
  • “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”– Angela Davis
  • “You may not always have a comfortable life, and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”– Michelle Obama
  • “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.”– Simone Biles
  • “I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.”– Rihanna
  • “I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”– Janet Jackson
  • “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”– Toni Morrison
  • “Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”– Marva Collins

A few words can convey the deepest of meanings if used wisely. The next section lists power-packed inspirational quotes by some eminent personalities. Keep scrolling!

Short Inspirational Quotes For Women

Short Inspirational Quotes For Women

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  • “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.”– Atticus
  • “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”– Helen Keller
  • “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”– Nora Ephron
  • “Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.”– Pink
  • “Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you.”– Michelle Obama
  • “The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”– Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”– Anne Frank
  • “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.”– Catherine Cook
  • “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.”– Dr. Mae Jemison

Women are a formidable tide; nothing can stand in their way once they set their heart to something. Head to the next section to understand how they truly are the epitome of fierce, unbridled force.

Inspirational Quotes For Young Women

Inspirational Quotes For Young Women

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  • “I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”– Simone de Beauvoir
  • “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”– Coco Chanel
  • “ Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty.”– Diane Von Furstenberg
  • “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
  • “Every woman that finally figured out her worth has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”– Shannon L. Alder
  • “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”– Maya Angelou
  • “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
  • “The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.”– Mohadesa Najumi
  • “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidencein ourselves.”– Marie Curie
  • “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.”– Judy Garland
  • “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”– H. Lawrence
  • “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

Women are the masterpieces of the universe; their sheer beauty and splendor force us to look up to them. Check out these witty quotes that inspire women to be the enticing and self-assured presence they are in our lives.

Witty Inspirational Quotes For Women

Witty Inspirational Quotes For Women

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  • “Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.”– Anonymous
  • “When life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade and then try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”– Ron White
  • “There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence.”– Michelle Obama
  • “Funny women are honest women.”– Liz Meriwether
  • “The data is clear: If you give a woman an opportunity, she will make a huge difference.”– Carly Fiorina
  • “Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion.”– Tina Fey
  • “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”– Steven Wright
  • “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”– Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  • “I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.”– Tommy Cooper
  • “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”– Robin Williams
  • “I still have highs and lows; maybe I don’t cry salty tears as much.”– Sarah Silverman
  • “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”– Tina Fey

Jane Austen, in Persuasion, wrote,“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”These words paint the picture of a confident and motivated woman who stands up for herself. This sheer strength is reflected in the inspirational quotes mentioned in the section below.

Inspirational Quotes For Strong Women

Inspirational Quotes For Strong Women

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  • “Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!”– Gabby Douglas
  • “The most effective way to do it is to do it.”– Amelia Earhart
  • “The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.”– Ashley Rickards
  • “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”– Emma Stone
  • “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”– Ruth Gordon
  • “You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.”– Tyra Banks
  • “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”– Ayn Rand
  • “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”– Estée Lauder
  • “Don’t be the girl who fell. Be the girl who got back up.”– Jenette Stanley
  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”– Maya Angelou
  • “You’re not too fat. You’re not too loud. You’re not too smart. You’re not unladylike. There is nothing wrong with you.”– Jessica Valenti
  • “I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”– Maya Angelou
  • “You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect. You should expect it.”– Sarah Dessen
  • “I feel like young girls are told they have to be a princess and be delicate and fragile, and that’s bullshit. I identify much more with the idea of being a warrior, being a fighter.”– Emma Watson
  • “Better to be strong than pretty and useless.”– Lilith Saintcrow
  • “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.”– Gina Carey
  • “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”– Emma Watson
  • “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.”– Anonymous
  • “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”– Beyoncé
  • “A woman is like a tea bag; you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “​Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”– Hillary Clinton

Margaret Atwood said, “We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” However, the world is changing rapidly, with female leaders heading major industries. The following inspirational quotes show the grit and never-say-die attitude of such leading women. Read on.

Inspirational Quotes For Businesswomen

Inspirational Quotes For Businesswomen

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  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”– Coco Chanel
  • “You can have it all. Just not all at once.”– Oprah Winfrey
  • “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.”–Madonna
  • “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default.”– JK Rowling
  • “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman
  • “There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields; girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.”– Sally Ride
  • “Some leaders are born women.”– Geraldine Ferraro
  • “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.”– Helena Rubinstein
  • “Do not be afraid to make decisions.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”– Carly Fiorina
  • “You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.”– Muriel Siebert
  • “None of us can know what we are capable of until we are tested.”– Elizabeth Blackwell
  • “The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.”– Caterina Fake
  • “Growth and comfort do not coexist. If everything is feeling comfortable, you probably need to sit down and do some goal setting.”– Ginni Rometty
  • “I’ve never thought of myself as a female engineer, or founder, or a woman in tech. I just think of myself as someone who’s passionate.”– Leah Busque
  • “I like to say it’s an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box.”– Safra A. Catz
  • “Do what you love, and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”– Meg Whitman
  • “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”– Maya Angelou
  • “You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself’.”– Mariah Carey
  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”– Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “What makes you different or weird — that’s your strength.”– Meryl Streep
  • “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”– Sara Blakely
  • “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”– Malala Yousafzai
  • “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”– Sheryl Sandberg

Women have carved an independent identity for themselves. As terms for single women changed from ‘spinsters’ and ‘old maids’ to ‘self-partnered’, their bachelor existence gained respectful acknowledgment. The inspirational quotes in the next section raise a toast to this sense of individuality in modern women.

Inspirational Quotes For Single Women

Inspirational Quotes For Single Women

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  • “A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.”– Mandy Hale
  • “There are some places in life where you can only go alone. Embrace the beauty of your solo journey.”– Mandy Hale
  • “I believe with all my heart that the clichés are true, that we are our own best friends and best company, and that if you’re not right for yourself, it’s impossible to be right for anyone.”– Rachel Machacek
  • “A woman without a man is still of infinite worth.”– Kristen McMain Oaks
  • “I’m still learning to love the parts of myself that no one claps for.”– Rudy Francisco
  • “I’m not alone! I’m with myself. And myself is fabulous.”– Eva Longoria
  • “I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor its coming with all my heart.”– Alice Walker
  • “We are becoming the men we wanted to marry.”– Gloria Steinem
  • “Discover why you’re important. Then refuse to settle for anyone who doesn’t completely agree.”– Fisher Amelie
  • “You are terrifying and strange and beautiful, something not everyone knows how to love.”– Warsan Shire
  • “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”– Oscar Wilde
  • “And you, you scare people because you are whole all by yourself.”– Lauren Alex Hooper
  • “Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.”– Mandy Hale

A single woman, a boss-lady running a company, a homemaker, a free-spirited dreamer — women are a source of inspiration in every role. However, there may be days when these queens need a little push to get back up, adjust their crowns, and get going. The above inspirational quotes may help them gain a fresh perspective and take a step forward with renewed energy and confidence. So, do send them to the wonderful women in your life and let them know you value their presence, honor their struggles, and recognize their strength.

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