Quotes to Mark International Women's Day

Honor the women in your life with these wise words

Strong Caucasian woman wearing blue shirt and red polka-dot bandana like 'We Can Do It' painting's Rosie the Riveter
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The United Nations instituted International Women's Day, celebrated every year on March 8, to commemorate the contribution of women in the socio-political sphere as well as in global peace and security.​

International Women's Day can be traced back to the women's suffrage movement starting in the 19th century. Over many decades, women achieved tremendous progress in many areas of life. Women's emancipation from​ traditional roles took on new meaning when they traveled into space and fought alongside men in combat.

Insightful Quotes About Womenhood

Mahatma Gandhi

"Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity."

Farrah Fawcett

"God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met."

"Women are the real architects of society."

Charles Malik

"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."

"Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well!"

"Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size."

Timothy Leary

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

Ville Valo

"Women are always beautiful.."

Loretta Young

"A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself."

Philip Moeller

"Women are seldom silent. Their beauty is forever speaking for them."

"Women are leaders everywhere you look -- from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes."

Melinda Gates

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult."

"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission."

Robert Elliott Gonzales, "Poems and Paragraphs"

"All the world's a stage, and it's a dead easy guess which sex has all the speaking parts."

Louise Otto

"The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves."

"A free race cannot be born of slave mothers."

Mel Gibson

"I love women. They're the best thing ever created. If they want to be like men and come down to our level, that's fine."

"I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon."

Joseph Conrad

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task since it consists principally in dealing with men."

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."

Christabel Pankhurst

"Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us."

"The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it."

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."

David Bower

"Dream the dreams that have never been dreamt."