26 Inspirational Quotes from Female Leaders

March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration of all the bad ass women I know, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from female leaders. From authors to athletes and scientists to celebrities, these inspirational words from women move me. I hope they do the same for you. Here’s 26 inspirational quotes from female leaders. 

Who runs the world? Girls.” – Beyoncé

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” – Serena Williams

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

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

– Oprah Winfrey


“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Ghandi

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as ‘making a life.’”

– Maya Angelou


“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” — Coco Chanel

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

– Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list,” — Michelle Obama

“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.” — Michelle Obama

“I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” — Mother Teresa

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” — Verna Myers



– Glennon Doyle


“When a woman finally learns that pleasing the world is impossible, she becomes free to learn how to please herself.” – Glennon Doyle, Untamed

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” — Madeleine L’Engle

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” — Emily Dickinson

“The water doesn’t know your age.”

– Dara Torres


“The world never puts a price on you higher than the one you put on yourself.” — Sonja Henie

“If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.” – Barbara McClintock

“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. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” — Mae Jemison

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

– Marie Daly


What wise words have women in your life shared with you that had an impact? Is there a female leader who you look up to? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line and lets celebrate Women’s History Month together. If these 26 inspirational quotes from female leaders resonated with you, please share! 

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