International Women’s Day: 20 empowering quotes to inspire you

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International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. It’s also a good day to shine a light on women’s issues and recognize that progress has slowed in many places across the world.

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That is why still, urgent action is needed to achieve a true gender parity in the world, but all actions count and you can help that cause by speaking out for women to your family, friends and in your community! So to get you excited, here they are…

20 quotes that will inspire you to become a champion for gender equality on International Women’s Day

  1. “If you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anybody else. And I think as women we really forget that.” —Jennifer Lopez, Singer, and Actress.
  2. “I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to.” —Shakira, Singer and Activist.
  3. “My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all.” —Gloria Estefan, Singer.
  4. “You can be a thousand different women. It’s your choice which one you want to be. It’s about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom.'” —Salma Hayek, Actress, and Activist.
  5. “I guess at the end of the day, all women like to be appreciated and treated with respect and kindness.” —Sofia Vergara, Actress.
  6. “I think women are sensual, beautiful beings, and I feel empowered when I express myself sexually.” —Christina Aguilera, Singer.
  7. “The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman.” —Penélope Cruz, Actress.
  8. “I think Hispanic women are beautiful with their curves. I’m not sure who feels that way in Hollywood. I was never told to lose 50 pounds. If they think that they just don’t bother with you. You just don’t get the role and you never know why. That’s still better than physically harming yourself and becoming unhealthy just to star in a movie.” —America Ferrera, Actress.
  9. “People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood.” —Zoe Saldaña, Actress.
  10. “Young women should pave their own path. I find it quite confining to live up to anybody else’s expectations of who you should be.” —Jessica Alba, Actress.
  11. “If you are a woman and you’re assertive and you want to get the job done, you’re a bitch. If you’re a guy, you’re just assertive.” —Christina Aguilera, Singer.
  12. “Men often say that women change their minds too much. I say they sometimes don’t change them enough. I mean changing their state of mind, their attitudes, their outlook, their expectations, their consciousness – most of all, about themselves and what is possible in their lives.” —Julia Alvarez, Dominican poet, and novelist.
  13. “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘Yes, women can’.” —Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil.
  14. “This was the last astronaut job that was not (yet) done by a woman. Now with this milestone we can focus on the fact that what is important to succeed in life, it does not matter whether you are a man or a woman.” —Ellen Ochoa, First Hispanic female astronaut.
  15. “A man does what he can; a woman does what a man cannot.” —Isabel Allende, from Inés of My Soul.
  16. “It is important to stand up for your rights, and regardless of who you are and where you come from, to hold your head up high with dignity and respect.” —Hilda Solis, former Secretary of Labor, first Latina to serve in the U.S. Cabinet.
  17. “The single most beautiful gift you can give to others is your positive attitude.” —Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist.
  18. “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” —Sonia Sotomayor, First Hispanic Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  19. “I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.” —Eva Perón, First Lady of Argentina.
  20. “Among poor people, there’s not any question about women being strong — even stronger than men — they work in the fields right along with the men. When your survival is at stake, you don’t have these questions about yourself like middle-class women do.” —Dolores Huerta, Co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.

Google also celebrated International Women’s Day with this amazing doodle, check it out!

What are you doing on International Women’s Day to advance the cause of gender parity?