Inspiring Quotes for Women’s History Month


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In continued celebration of Women’s History Month, we look to the inspirational words and quotes by notable women whose activism helps unite us as one and propel us all to know better, do better, and to be better. Check out the quotes below for your daily dose of inspiration, and click the links to read more about each woman.


Activism is something that no one can fake. You get angry. You cry. But you never throw in your towel, because that anger is what is propelling you to further action.

Leymah Gbowee – Nobel Prize Laureate & Liberian Peace Activist

To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance, give yourselves.

Carrie Chapman Catt – American Women’s Rights Activist

Employers and employees alike have learned that in union there is strength, that a coordination of individual effort means an elimination of waste, a bettering of living conditions, and is in fact, the father of prosperity.

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones – American Labor & Community Organizer

You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.

Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Prize Laureate & President of the National League for Democracy

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

Indira Gandhi – Former Prime Minister of India

I have always felt that it was important that everyone who was a worker join a labor organization.

Eleanor Roosevelt – Former First Lady of the United States

The labor movement was not originated by man. The labor movement, my friends, was a command from God Almighty.

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones – American Labor & Community Organizer

I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.  All I want is education.  And I’m afraid of no one.

Malala Yousufzai – Nobel Prize Laureate & Pakistani Children & Women’s Rights Activist

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm – 1st African-American US Congressman, Social Activist

If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of Liberia


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