“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”Ruth Bader Ginsburg
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900s. Women marched through the streets of New York City hoping to seek change; fighting for equity in the workplace and voting rights. With each passing decade, the movement and voice of women have grown stronger and stronger across the world.
In 2011, there was renewed focus and revival of the challenge to change the world for women. There is a greater focus on celebrating the achievements of women and making them more visible to the world while continuing to speak out against gender parity.
This year’s theme calls on each and every one of us to #ChooseToChallenge and speak out against gender bias and inequality.
With our voices raised, together we can raise awareness about the issues that continue to affect women around the world.
With our voices raised, together we can stop the violence against young girls and women.
With our voices raised, together we can close the gender gap and bring us closer to equity in the workplace.
With our voices, together we can ensure that girls get equal opportunities for education.
Here are 13 hearing quotes by some strong, famous women around the world to inspire you to #ChooseToChallenge.
“There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” –Ginger Rogers
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn
“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” –Madonna
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” –Amelia Earhart
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Ginsburg
Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey
“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” – Princess Diana
“I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.” Florence Nightingale
“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” Madame Marie Curie
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa
“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.” Malala Yousafzai
Use these quotes as inspiration. Let your voice be heard, choose to challenge and do your part to bring awareness about the struggles that women face.