Happy International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate inspirational women everywhere. This is the 44th time the day has been held officially, since its inception by the United Nations during International Women’s Year in 1975. We’ve collated some of our favourite quotes from inspirational women from all walks of life. To not only celebrate the achievements of women, but also to remind us that there is a long way to go before gender equality is realised.
“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed” – Billie Jean King
“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousafzai
"I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down." – Mia Hamm
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” - Amelia Earhart
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it” – Harper Lee
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it” – Estée Lauder
“I always feel … the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end” – Alice Paul
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” – Mother Teresa
Let us know if you’ve got any other favourite quotes from inspiring women throughout history in the comments below. You can get involved all day using the hashtag #IWD19, and searching for this year’s driving theme, ‘Balance for better’.