Inspiring Quotes to Share on International Women's Day

Maya Angelou - Harlem Renaissance Day of Committment 2004

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International Women's Day is an annual observation on March 8 that celebrates women and their achievements. The event, first held in the U.S. in 1909, is observed today across the globe, as well as by the United Nations

The first International Women's Day was held to commemorate the 1908 Ladies' Garment Workers Union strike in New York City when some 15,000 women walked off the job to protest their working conditions. The event, sponsored by the Socialist Party of America, inspired Socialists in Denmark to declare an international counterpart in 1910. Following the outbreak of World War I, International Women's Day rallies in the U.S. and Europe became a platform for anti-war activists as well as women's and workers' rights.

More than a century after the first International Women's Day, women have made tremendous progress toward a more just and equitable society in the U.S. and elsewhere. Much still needs to be done to advance women's issues around the world. Let these quotes inspire you to celebrate the women who have been important in your life.

Maya Angelou

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”

Bella Abzug

"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes."

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class."

Margaret Sanger

"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."

Joseph Conrad

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

Barbara Bush

"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!"

Margaret Atwood

"Does feminist mean a large unpleasant person who'll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings? To me, it's the latter, so I sign up."

Anna Quindlen

"It's important to remember that feminism is no longer a group of organizations or leaders. It's the expectations that parents have for their daughters, and their sons, too. It's the way we talk about and treat one another. It's who makes the money and who makes the compromises and who makes the dinner. It's a state of mind. It's the way we live now."

Mary Mcleod Bethune

"Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race."

Anita Wise

"A lot of guys think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent she is. I don't think it works like that. I think it's the opposite. I think the larger a woman's breasts are, the less intelligent the men become."

Rudyard Kipling

"A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty."

Charlotte Bunch

"Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues."