International Women's Day is celebrated across the world to acknowledge the achievement of women throughout history and across nations. The theme for IWD 2017 is #BeBoldForChange, which encourages people to take groundbreaking action which drives the greatest change for women. It is message which is aiming for each of us to join forces and create powerful collaborations in the hope of a better future for all.
We have compiled our favourite quotes from some of the world's most inspiring women to celebrate the power and strength of women across the globe.
#1 Marie Curie: "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
#2 Rose Parks: "I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
#3 Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
#4 Meryl Streep: "I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world."
#5 Beyoncé: "We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."
#6 Oprah Winfrey: “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”
#7 Mother Teresa: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
#8 Anne Frank: "Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is."
#9 Anita Roddik: “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
#10 Melinda Gates: "I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that."
#11 Angelina Jolie: “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”
#12 J.K. Rowling: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
#13 Lupita Nyong’o: "I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside."
#14 Susan B. Anthony: "I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet."
#15 Hillary Clinton: "You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it."
#16 Serena Williams: "Everyone's dream can come true if you stick at to it and work hard."
#17 Michelle Obama: "You don't have to be somebody different to be important. You're important in your own right."
#18 Ellen DeGeneres: "Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that turth and everything else will come"
#19 Virginia Woolf: "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
#20 Malala Yousafzai: "I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back"
If there is anything we can learn from these quotes is that women across the globe, no matter what their background, if you beleive in something strong enough and try and get your message out there then you can achieve great things.
For more information about International Women's Day visit: www.internationalwomensday.com
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