15 Inspiring Quotes To Celebrate International Women’s Day

15 Inspiring Quotes To Celebrate International Women's Day
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Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women across the globe,  and this year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter.

To help get you thinking about what it means to be a woman, FTD has rounded up 100 inspirational quotes from total icons like Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai and more.

Once you’re finished reading through these quotes, download the gorgeous (and free) wallpapers for your desktop or iPhone – every time you turn on your device, you’ll be met with words of encouragement from other women who have your back.  

In honor of this important day, FTD compiled 100 inspirational quotes from icons like Audrey Hepburn, Beyonce, Malala Yousafzai, that will not only empower you, but they will also provide a metaphorical torch to light the way. Keep scrolling for 15 of our favorite quotes to celebrate the special day. Plus, since quotes brings out the motivating within, we designed a reading list of the best motivational books to get you through every mood and life event you find yourself in.

1. “Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey
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2. “A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
3. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
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4. “The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole.” – Jane Fonda
5. “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” – Thuli Madonsela
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6. “I try to live in a little bit of my own joy and not let people steal it or take it.” – Hoda Kotb
7. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright
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8. “I firmly believe you never should spend your time being the former anything.” – Condoleezza Rice
9. “A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.” – Angela Merkel
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10. “You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” – Katie Couric
11. “When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” – Madonna
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12. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.” – Brené Brown
13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
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14. “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
15. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” – Simone de Beauvoir
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Next, take a look at more inspiring books to apply to your life next year.