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Celebrate Women’s History Month With These 10 Inspiring Quotes From Empowering Women

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

It’s officially GIRL POWER MONTH! The U.S. first recognized March as Women’s History Month in 1987 and ever since, women have been doing the impossible. Between running for president and winning Olympic medals, there’s clearly nothing a woman can’t do.

Embrace the power of women with inspirational quotes from some of the most admirable women in the world below. If there’s one month you should be kicking ass, it’s this one.


Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. — Beyoncé


Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then –Diana Ross


Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with. —Michelle Obama


It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.- Warsan Shire


I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. — Maya Angelou


The most important thing to do is not to worry. The lines on your face will never stop the sun from coming up. Your tears cannot affect the weather.”- Yrsa Daley Ward


A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of. –Zendaya


Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. –Judy Garland


The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed. — Diane Von Furstenberg


Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ What grosses me out the most? What makes me the most upset — is it healthcare? Is it so many people being hungry in our culture? Is it sexual abuse?  Mix that with doing something you love, something you could keep doing forever and ever. For me it was ending violence against women, and I mixed it with music. And I’ve had a 25-year career. So that’s my advice: Find something you really care about and mix that with something you love doing. — Kathleen Hanna 

Alima KhanuCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Soon to be Rutgers Grad, writer, and poet who lives for Raspberry tea, Shondaland Thursdays and frequent trips to the movie theater.
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