International Women’s Day is celebrated the world over on March 8. It’s a chance to express respect, love and admiration for the women in your life. Women’s Day began as a recognition of the importance of women workers and their economic, political and social achievements. It has grown to include all women, everywhere, who make a difference to their families, communities, cultures and nations. Here is our selection of the best quotations and meditations to read and share on Women’s Day this year.
The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world. – Charles Malik.
Women are at the root of society, holding it together. Women are the thread that runs through the fabric of society. Acting as one, they will change the world.
Women are the real architects of society. – Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, the great abolitionist and author, knew that the women quietly working away at home were the ones changing the world. Bit by bit, they built the house of the future.
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation less class. – Anne Morrow Lindberg.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who wrote this when she spent time alone by the sea, knew from her own experience how a mother never punches the time clock and walks out the door. She is always at work.
A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself. – Loretta Young.
The great, charismatic actresses of stage, screen and history were independent in thought, deed and allure. Quiet charm contains great strength of character.
A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty. – Rudyard Kipling.
The rowdy adventurer Rudyard Kipling knew that a woman’s intuition was the true guide to follow. In India and elsewhere, he saw Mother Nature at work in every village’s women.
Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. – Gandhi.
The great believer in equality for all, Gandhi saw women as equal partners with men in historic change. Shoulder to shoulder, men and women marched for liberty.
A woman asks little of love: only that she be able to feel like a heroine. – Mignon McLaughlin.
A woman sacrifices everything to love. It is her great gift. Like a man, she must feel heroic in making the sacrifice.
A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. – Arnold Haultain.
It is the quiet speech, the hushed voice, the intimate moment, the feminine hesitation that speaks louder than public proclamations.
God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met. – Farrah Fawcett.
People forget that Farrah Fawcett was an accomplished actress and hardworking star as well as an attractive woman. She said this to remind women of their power.
Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. – Barbara de Angelis.
A woman writer lives in solitude when she writes and in company when she plays all her social roles. Women are gifted with intuition and in quiet times will find it.
A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. – Melinda Gates.
All strength and competence comes from struggle. A woman must speak up to be heard. Knowing what to say is hard work.
The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that … women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. – Lousie Otto.
Women are so busy taking care of others that they neglect their own rights. Women must remember to claim these rights for themselves, as others will conveniently dismiss them.
A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. – Margaret Sanger.
If a woman is not free, then no one around her is free. Only from her own freedom can she create a race of free children.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. – Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher had no problem getting things done. She didn’t stop to listen to men debate the question.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. – Eleanor Roosevelt.
If you refuse to accept society’s judgment of your worth, you are not bound by it. This is Eleanor Roosevelt’s great advice to women.
She smiles through the pain because she knows even though she is breaking inside, he is still watching. – Unknow.
Sometimes it hurts to hold your head up high, but it helps you maintain your self-respect and demand that respect from others.
Women are amazing. She can put a smile on her face, act like everything is fine. When in reality, the world is on her shoulder and her life is slipping through the cracks of her fingers. – Unknow.
Women are like magicians. They carry their responsibilities lightly and then keep everyone else calm at the same time. No one knows how they do it.
I think the key is for women not to set any limits. – Martina Navratilova.
Martina Navratilova emphasizes that there are no limits to what a woman can do, unless she thinks there are.
Women are leaders everywhere you look from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes. – Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi speaks for all women throughout the history of her country who have raised children, won the vote, educated themselves and others and carried on despite ignorance and opposition.
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