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Inspiring Quotes by Women

Women around the world are capable of anything they set their minds to. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration from others. 

Audre Lorde
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." -Audre Lorde
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Alice Walker
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker
"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens." -Michelle Obama
Agenda for Action
"When a woman knows her rights, how to use them, and how to advocate for her rights, she is stronger." -Amal

Women for Women International Program Participant

Shirley Chisholm
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." -Shirley Chisholm
Isabel Allende
"I can promise you that women working together -linked, informed and educated- can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet." -Isabel Allende
Caritas standing in a patterned shirt off to the right, looking proudly into the camera. Behind her is a class she trains at Women for Women International in Rwanda.
"I am so happy. I love [teaching] and I love the women more than words can express." -Caritas

Women for Women International Trainer & Program Graduate

Marie Claire, Program Participant from Rwanda
"I forgot about my pain. Now I am overwhelmed with happiness. I talk to the other women and they give me courage and advice. They support me." -Marie Claire

Women for Women International Program Participant

Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 500,000 marginalized women in countries afflicted by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.

By investing in women, we create a better world for all of us – a world that’s more equal, peaceful, and prosperous. That is the power of women, for women.

Photo Credits

Audre Lorde: Zora
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Elle
Alice Walker: WTTW
Michelle Obama: History
Shirley Chisholm: Time
Isabel Allende: Financial Times

woman with headscarf

”Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” —Dalai Lama