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20 Quotes from Legendary Women to Help You Reclaim Your Power

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By Dayna Remus
May 06, 2022
11:24 A.M.

The conversation around women's empowerment has been brewing ever since many of us can remember. If there is one thing we could agree on, it's that, generally, women want to lead their lives unrestricted. According to Madonna, Maya Angelou, and much more, this is definitely possible. 

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Women are powerful creatures, brimming with intensity and ready to explode. Hand in hand, sisterhood — from friends, mothers, and actual sisters — tends to help bring that flame to light.  But sometimes, women can't seem to access that part of themselves that they know they have, that drive to keep going, to love, and to look after themselves.

It is comforting that there are women one can look up to -- women who have gone through similar experiences before and have managed to find their way out, which is inspiring.

More so, they have shared their secrets and journeys so every woman can learn from their wisdom. Here are only a few nuggets of what they have to offer, but these pieces of insight have an untold weight to them. 

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Catherine Pulsifer's quote: "In achieving your goals, you may run into roadblocks. Don't let that stop you; go around, over, or under. If you are committed to your goal, you will find a way." | Image: AmoDays

"Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." – Brene Brown 

 "Didn't they tell you that I was a savage? [Expletive] your white horse and a carriage." – Rihanna

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world." — Malala Yousafzai

 "I am a woman and a warrior. If you think I can't be both, you've been lied to." — Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's quote “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” | Image: AmoDays

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"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform."– Diane Mariechild

 "Sometimes you have to be a [expletive] to get things done." – Madonna

 "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

"If you have yet to be called an incorrigible, defiant woman, don't worry, there is still time." — Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Maya Angelou's quote “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” | Image: AmoDays

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” — Blake Lively

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"You're not gonna tell me who I am. I'm gonna tell you who I am." — Nicki Minaj

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own." — Audre Lorde

 "You can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them." — Shonda Rhimes

 "Don't complain about what you don't have. Use what you've got. To be less than your best is a sin." – Oprah Winfrey

Blake Lively's quote “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I know I’m a queen, but I don’t need no crown.” — Lizzo

"People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder." — Salma Hayek

"In achieving your goals, you may run into roadblocks. Don't let that stop you; go around, over, or under. If you are committed to your goal, you will find a way." – Catherine Pulsifer

"Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known." — Nellie McClung

 "You've always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." — Glinda the Good Witch, "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum

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Lizzo's quote “I know I’m a queen, but I don’t need no crown.” | Image: AmoDays

Many dynamic women live their best lives, fighting for the career they want, making waves, and taking on causes that mean the world to them. 

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Any one of us can begin to follow in their footsteps and eventually carve out our own path. This empowering journey can start when we finally realize how much power we already have, especially when we reach out our hands to our fellow sisters.

With all that being said, here's a bonus quote from "Queen Bey" herself, Beyonce Knowles, that will hopefully leave us all with fires in our bellies -- We simply need to answer one question: "Who run the world?"

If you enjoyed these quotes, then you'll certainly appreciate this compilation of family-focused quotes to create stronger bonds

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