International Women’s Day is fast approaching (March 8). Before the big date, we looked at the key events being held for the date; we discussed women-led businesses you can support and we also looked at media (books, podcasts and shows) created by and for women. Today we want to discuss inspirational quotes, adjacent to International Women’s Day.

Sure, scrolling through motivational quotes might seem a little cheesy from afar, but sometimes reading the words of those we admire can ignite a fire beneath us. And at the very least, these types of quotes often serve as great inspiration for any International Women’s Day social media captions you might be considering.

So with that in mind, we’ve decided for this year’s IWD to put together a list of quotes that we find particularly poignant. We hope they feel the same for you too.

International Women’s Day: Powerful Quotes from Inspirational Women

Catherine Freeman

“Disappointment and adversity can be catalysts for greatness. There’s something particularly exciting about being the hunter, as opposed to the hunted. And it can create powerful energy.

International Women’s Day Quotes. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Real change, lasting change, happens one step at a time.”

Maya Angelou

“I am a phenomenal woman. A phenomenal woman is me.

Luvvie Ajayi

“In a world that wants women to whisper, I choose to scream.”

Jane Fonda

“I hope men understand that the fight for equality benefits everyone and that it is in everyone’s interest that men and women can assume the same societal responsibilities at all levels – economic, military, spiritual, parental.”

Miranda Tapesell

“Don’t apologize for the space you’ve taken, even though in some situations you’re made to feel like you’ve taken someone else’s place. What you have to say is valuable.

– Quote via Marie Claire

Gloria Steinem

“Don’t think about adapting women to the world – think about adapting the world to women.”

Audre Lorde

“I am not free while no woman is free, even if her chains are very different from mine.”


“I think men are the coolest. But you don’t really need it to live. My mother said to me, ‘You know, honey, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man. I said, ‘Mom, I’m a rich man.’ »

International Women's Day Quotes.
International Women’s Day Quotes. Malala Yousafzai (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Malala Yousafzai

“I raise my voice, not to be able to shout, but so that those who have no voice can be heard. … We can’t all be successful when half of us are held back.

Janet Mock

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves, then to each other and to the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can come up against hostility, exclusion and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence and community.

Roxane Gay

“I accept the label of bad feminist because I’m human. I’m messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I’m not trying to be perfect. I’m not trying to say that I I have all the answers. I’m not trying to say I’m right. I’m just trying – I’m trying to support what I believe in, I’m trying to do some good in this world, I’m trying to make noise with my writing while being myself.

Jessica Watson

“You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You just have to have a dream, believe in it and work hard.

Angela Davis

“I no longer accept the things that I cannot change. I change the things that I cannot accept.

International Women’s Day Inspirational Quotes. Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“We teach girls to shrink, to make themselves smaller. We say girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim for success, but not too much. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am a woman, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy, love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and not teach the same to boys? We raise girls to see themselves as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings like boys are.

Grace Taming

“…Hear me now. Using my voice, among a growing choir of voices that will not be silenced.

Tarana Burke

“You don’t have to be anything other than yourself to be worthy.”

These quotes are just a small selection of the inspirational words you’ll find about the passion and power of women fighting for change on dates like International Women’s Day and beyond. But hopefully they act as a solid starting point.