If you look up ‘quotes for powerful women’ online chances are you’ll find a list of the most successful women in the world. Usually related to business or political success.

But there’s more. Much more. Powerful women can be found everywhere, running a home, taking care of a sick child when they’re sick themselves, juggling family and career or carving out a solo life for themselves. And at the same time managing to take care of what seems like hundreds of things at once, all the while recognizing that they aren’t superwomen, just regular women who behave like super heroes whilst never realizing this is who they are. Nor being aware of how much inner power they have to shape their life.

Use these 47 quotes to empower yourself, to remember that enormous power lies within you and you are capable of molding and shaping the life that is best for you and those you love.

47 Quotes For Women For Remembering How Powerful You Are

The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description

 Steve Maraboli

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

Kofi Annan

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

Margaret Thatcher

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.

Margaret Sanger

Educate a man and you educate an individual. Educate a woman and you educate a family.

A. Cripps

47 Quotes For Women For Remembering How Powerful You are

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.

Madeleine Albright

Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.

Gail Blanke

I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.

Malala Yousafzai

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’

Erin McKean

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

Oprah Winfrey

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.


I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.

Amy Schumer

I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in – even if it makes you vulnerable – amazing things can and will happen.

 Emma Watson

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

Eleanor Roosevelt

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

Maya Angelou

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

Nora Ephron

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom

 Anaïs Nin

Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Gloria Steinem

Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.

 Serena Williams

If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.

Betty Eadie

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women

 Maya Angelou

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion… Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.

Anne Frank

Women hold up half the sky.

Chinese proverb

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud

Coco Chanel

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

Shonda Rhimes

Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is. Womanhood is you.

Viola Davis

Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.

Lilly Singh

I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.

Tory Burch

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

Maya Angelou

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.

 Florence Nightingale

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Anne Lamott

I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.

Meryl Streep

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough

Marissa Mayer

I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.

Hoda Kotb

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.

Louise Hay

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.

Adrienne Rich

And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.

Mark Anthony

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

Sheila Murray Bethel

Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.

Jennifer Lopez

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.

Kavita Ramdas

The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.

Amy Tenney

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

May these wise words remind you of your inner power and arm you with all you need for having a great day in these trying times.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. These are beautiful quotes, Elle! They are very uplifting and a good reminder for women of their inner power. I like them all, but Nora Ephron”s jumped out at me: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Thank you.

  2. It’s inspiring to see how women leaders are making all the difference in their response to the Coronavirus. I’m all for women’s empowerment! Thanks for this inspiration, Elle.

    • Women are far more powerful than they’re given credit for Sandra and it’s good to highlight this every now and then. 🙂

  3. I like this one by Amy Schumer. It’s the way I feel exactly.

    “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”

    • That’s definitely a powerful thought Debbie…you are a great role model to inspire women to be the determiners of their story.

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