Today we can study, work, be business owners or be in charge of a company, but this was not always the case. The path for us to decide on our lives has not been easy, and there are still many challenges to overcome. We remember some phrases of powerful women because they paved the way and are inspirational.
March 8th is International Women’s Day as established by the United Nations (UN) World Organization in 1977. This date was chosen because, in 1908, workers at the Cotton Textile Factory in New York went on strike, demanding better working conditions.
The women locked themselves inside the factory, but a fire caused the death of more than 140 workers who could not escape the fire.
Although there have been many limitations for women throughout history, and today we still have, we find significant figures who changed history. We leave you their best quotes.
To fight without limitations
- “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”. Simone de Beauvoir, philosopher.
- “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult”. Melinda Gates, Philanthropist.
- “Women feel like they need permission…We need to lead and change that”. Emma Watson, actress.
- “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s the power of using your voice”. Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States.
- “Knowing what must be done does away with fear”. Rosa Parks, activist.
- “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud”. Coco Chanel, designer.
- “I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves”. Mary Shelley, writer.
- “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind”. Virginia Woolf, writer.
- “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We are stronger when we cheer each other on”. Serena Williams, tennis player.
- “If you let your fears out, you will have more space to live your dreams”. Marilyn Monroe, actress.
- “To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man, but in the context of her own capacity and her personality”. Indira Gandhi, politician.
- “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement”. Marie Curie, scientist.
- “Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people”. Hellen Keller, activist.
- “I have never loved anyone the way I love myself, so no one has been able to make me suffer”. María Félix, actress.
- “There was a time when you walked alone, wrote alone, studied alone, and dressed alone. Remember that moment”. Monique Wittig, philosopher.
- “Independence is happiness”. Susan B. Anthony, defender of Human Rights.
- “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will”. Charlotte Brönte, novelist.
- “The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own”. Betty Friedan, writer.
- “I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best”. Frida Kahlo, painter.
- “We must tell our young women that their voices matter”. Malala Yousafzai, activist.
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Translated by: Ligia M. Oliver Manrique de Lara
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