11 Badass Quotes From Boundary-Breaking Ladies to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
In honor of National Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26, we've gathered some quotes from women who've helped pave a historic path for women in the US and across the world. National Women's Equality Day commemorates women's suffrage; on Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed, granting women the right to vote.
From Malala Yousafzai to Michelle Obama, these heroines have contributed to the advancement of women's rights immeasurably. We will forever be grateful for their kickass accomplishments and ever-inspiring words.
"If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?"
The women's education activist from Pakistan wrote this in her book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
"For me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate."
Actress Amy Poehler's epic truism comes from her book, Yes Please.
"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders."
The Facebook chief operating officer wrote this in her acclaimed book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
First Lady Michelle Obama has long advanced women's rights, especially with her fight to empower young women to learn. This quote is an answer to a question Michelle Obama received from a Twitter user about whether a woman could be president soon.
"Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights."
Then first lady, Clinton delivered this historic quote during a speech in 1995 to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.
"Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength."
Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama in 2009, becoming the first Latina woman to sit on the prestigious bench. This quote comes from her book, My Beloved World.
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
Renowned activist and journalist Gloria Steinem's powerful quotes on women could fill their own post. This is one of Steinem's most shared quotes.
"So people are talking about revolution. What a revolution it would be to have a woman president."
As the first woman to be secretary of state, Albright is definitely a renegade; she delivered this comment while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
"I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man."
Author and poet Toni Morrison gave this response in an interview with Time magazine in 1989 when asked about single-parent households.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation."
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her opinion on the state of women's equality during an interview with ABC's Lynn Sherr in 2001.
"It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals."
Watson, actress and ambassador to the United Nations, made this proclamation during an address to the UN and the launch of her #HeForShe campaign in 2014.