I have to admit, I am definitely a fan of inspirational quotes. They remind me that anything is possible, especially on these days that I feel uninspired and small. Lacking trust in myself and my abilities. 

These quotes are like a reminder. A reminder of all the greatness that has been achieved. A reminder that my idea and your idea is worth it. A reminder to doubt less, overthink less and believe more, do more. 

So, without further ado, let’s get into it. 

Here are 11 quotes of strong women, who have inspiring and empowering messages. So if you are in need of a little pick me up – something to fuel your fire – or just want to be inspired by some great women, this is for you. 

“I did not have the most experience in the industry or the most money, but I cared the most.” – Sarah Blakely.

Sara Blakely Female Entrepreneur

Sarah Blakely  (47 years) is the founder of Spanx (put link), an American intimate apparel company with pants and
leggings. She originally cut off the legs of the panty hoes she had to wear for work and wore them under another pair of slacks. Blakely liked the way the panty hoes made her body appear more firm, but noticed that the cut off panty hoes kept rolling up her legs – and her idea for Spanx was born. Subsequently, Blakely spent her savings of 5000 Dollars developing a prototype. She was turned down by every representative of hosiery mills, until one male mill operator wanted to work with her, after he saw his daughters’ enthusiastic reaction to the Spanx prototype. Sarah Blakely was one of the only women in the hosiery business – dominated by man, making body-wear for women. Within two years, Blakely was sold in stores like Bloomingdales and achieved 10 $ million in sales. In 2000 Oprah Winfrey named Spanx her “Favorite Thing”. Today, Spanx is a multibillion business. 

 “Power’s not given to you. – You have to take it.” – Beyonce 

Beyonce Singing

Beyonce (* 4 September 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and producer. She is one of the most successful and popular music personalities of all time. Over the years she has used her voice for various causes. During her Mrs Carter tour in 2016, she performed the song ‚flawless‘ in front of a screen with a giant sign which read „Feminist”. Beyonce said: „I put the definition of Feminist in my song and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I’m a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning. {…} it’s very simple. It’s someone who believes in equal rights for men and women.“ More about this interview here.

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming , we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem  

Gloria Steinem (25 March 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social-political activist. She became well known as a leader for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. Since then she has been outspoken on issues such as female genital mutilation, same-sex marriage, transgender rights, feminist theory and pornography. Read more about Gloria Steinman and her work.

“If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you feel vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.”- Emma Watson

Emma Watson (*15 April 1990) is a British actress and activist. She became internationally known after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter Film series when she was only 11 years old. She is an outspoken feminist and equality activist and was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeforShe.            

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling 

J. K. Rowling (*31 July 1965) is a British novelist famous for writing the Harry Potter fantasy books, which have sold more than 500 million copies and became the best-selling book series in history. Rowling conceived the idea for Harry Potter while on a train when she was working as a bilingual secretary for Amnesty International. Before she published the first Harry Potter novel in 1997 she lived on state benefits. She became the first female billionaire novelist and was listed 1$ billion before donating 160$ million to charity.  

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brene Brown 

Brene Brown (*18 November 1965) is an American research professor at the University of Houston. She is studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy and is the author five number 1 New York Times bestseller books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead. She focuses on authentic leadership and wholeheartedness in families, schools and organisations. Her Ted Talk with 35 million views is one of the most-watched Ted talks in the world.

“If you don’t risk anything you risk even more” – Erica Jong

Erica Jong (*26 March 1943) is an American novelist and poet. She is well known for her novel Fear of Flying (1973) – a book that became controversially famous for its depiction of female sexuality and prominently contributed to the development of second-wave feminism. The novel is written in the first person and the narrator-protagonist Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing is a 29-year-old poet who is struggling to find her place in academia and the literary world. On a trip to Vienna with her second husband, Isadora indulges in sexual phantasies with another man. The novel, published in the midst of the Sexual Revolution acknowledged that phantasies and desire in women are not condemnable, while at the same time uniting a woman’s sexual and nonsexual life within one novel. Jong was one of the first women that wrote a book that said: “women are romantic, women are intellectual, women are sexual.” 

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou 

Maya Angelou (4 April 1928 – 28 May 2014) was an African-American poet, writer, singer and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, several books of essays and poetry. Before she became a poet she worked as a cook, dancer, sex worker and performer. Her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) brought her international acclaim and attention for her unique writing style and tells the story of her life up to the age of 17. Her autobiographies and poems are about pride and love, about advocating women and people of colour. Her writings and poems draw on her own experiences with insecurities and abuse and have helped pave the way for African-American women to be heard more. Her poem “Phenomenal Women” is an ode to all women and their beauty

“I know for sure that what we dwell on we become.”

“The way to realising a dream is to focus no on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along our path will take on a greater meaning.” – Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey (*29 January 1954) is an American media executive, talk-show host and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show – the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She is North America’s first black multi-billionaire and has been ranked as the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey was born in poverty and endured abuse as a child. She worked at a radio station in the evening news while still in high school and was quickly transferred to a daytime talk show due to her passionate and wonderfully improvised deliveries. Soon thereafter, Oprah Winfrey launched her own production company and revolutionised and popularised the talk show genre. Oprah Winfrey is an active social justice and feminism activist Watch her infamous speech from the Golden Globes 2018 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN5HV79_8B8

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker 

Alice Walker (*9 February 1944) is an American novelist, poet and activist. Among other works, she wrote the novels  Meridian (1976) and The Colour Purple (1982) and has won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Price of Fiction for the latter. Alice Walker met Martin Luther King Jr. when she was a student at College in the early 1960s. She was inspired by him to become an activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Walker is an outspoken feminist. She has coined the term „womanist“ – meaning a „black feminist or feminist of colour“. The term proposes to unite women of colour and the feminist movement