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Here are 20 inspirational quotes to mark International Women's Day

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is here, celebrating all things female and commemorating the movement for women’s rights. It will be marked with marches, hashtags and events up and down the country, and …

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day is here, celebrating all things female and commemorating the movement for women’s rights.

It will be marked with marches, hashtags and events up and down the country, and in homage here are some inspirational quotes from powerful women.


International Women's Day falls on the same day every year, March 8

What is International Women’s Day?

The day has been around for more than 100 years and celebrates the achievements of women.

It falls on the same day every year, March 8, and the theme for this year is #PressforProgress.

Women around the world, from businesses to charities, unite together.


Eleanor was the longest serving First Lady of the United states

Eleanor Roosevelt

Born in 1884 she was the longest serving First Lady of the United states, from 1933 to 1945, she was a politician, diplomat and activist. She died in 1962.

“Well behaved women seldom make history.”

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Judy is most remembered for her role in The Wizard of Oz, aged 17

Judy Garland

An actress, singer and performer, she was born in the US in 1922, and died aged 47 in 1969, but is most remembered for her role in The Wizard of Oz, aged 17.

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

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J.K Rowling is the UK's most successful author

J.K Rowling

One of the most successful authors of all time writing the hugely popular Harry Potter series, 52-year-old Rowling lived off state benefits before becoming the world’s first billionaire author.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

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Mother Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa

Born in 1910, she was known around the world for her work with the poor and sick in India, and following her death in 1997 she has now become a saint, referred to as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

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Coco is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century

Coco Chanel

Born in 1883 as Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, she was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand, and is credited with being one of the women to free women from the ‘corset silhouette’. She passed away in 1971.

“Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as outside.”


Simone’s full name was Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Born in 1908 in Paris, Simone was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. She died in 1986.

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.”

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Margaret Thatcher was a mother of twins

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, was the UK’s first female Prime Minister, in office from 1979 to 1990, and is a deeply divisive figure in politics.

“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”


Ellen married her wife, Portia de Rossi, in 2008

Ellen Degeneres

The LGBT activist is a successful American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”

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Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the three Bronte sisters

Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte, 1816-1855, was the eldest of the three Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood and is the author of classics of English literature.

“I am neither a man nor a woman but an author.”

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Michelle married Barack Obama in 1992

Michelle Obama

The first black First Lady of the US, from 2009 to 2017, Michelle has become a role model for for women, an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity and healthy eating, as well as a fashion icon.

“Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

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Oprah is the winner of multiple awards

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is an American media proprietor, talk show host - hosting a successful show of her own name - actress, producer, and philanthropist.

“Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

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Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic outfit was in classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey, 1929-1993, is revered as a fashion icon and one of the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

“Elegance is only beauty that never fades”

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Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is now a mum-of-three


The superstar, a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress, is one of best-selling artists of all time and was ranked sixth in Time’s Person of the Year in 2016.

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”

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Emmeline was named one of Time’s 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century

Emmeline Pankhurst

The leader of the suffragette movement, Emmeline, 1858-1928, was a prominent political activist campaigning for women’s rights.

“I would rather be a rebel than a slave.”

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Malala moved to Birmingham after the shooting

Malala Yousafzai

The 20-year-old was just 15 when she was shot by the Taliban for her activism, and is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Extremists have shown what frighten them most: A girl with a book.”

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Rosa was riding the Cleveland Avenue bus, a General Motors Old Look bus belonging to the Montgomery City Lines, around 6 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks

Rosa, 1913-2005, is widely credited with being the ‘first lady’ of the civil rights movement after her refusal to give up a bus seat.

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

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Amelia’s remains are thought to have finally been found on Nikumaroro, part of the Republic of Kiribati, on a remote Pacific atoll

Amelia Earhart

Amelia, 1897-1939, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment.

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

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Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in Paris

Princess Diana

‘The people’s princess’, Diana, 1961-1997, was well-known for charitable work, notably with landmines and HIV.

“I don't go by the rule book... I lead from the heart, not the head.”

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Emma played Hermione in the Harry Potter films

Emma Watson

Actress-turned-activist, she has been appointed  UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.

“I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide for myself.”

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Grace suffered a stroke while driving which led to her death.

Grace Kelly

The American movie actress 1929-1982, was a style icon and became the Princes of Monaco aged 26.

"I'm basically a feminist. I think that women can do anything they decide to do.”

If you need more information on International Women's Day here is everything you need to know.

And if you want to know the history behind the day, or if there’s an International Men’s Day you can find out here.

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