If you’re in need of inspiration on how to make a difference, there are plenty of female role models to turn to. No matter what you’re interested in, whether that’s gun control, girls’ education, or racial justice, it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate the women who’ve come before you, so you can better understand how to follow in their footsteps. 

Here are 13 quotes from female activists, politicians, and celebrities that will get you fired up to change the world. 

“To each of you powerful women I say this, you know that you are forces to be reckoned with, you can and have inspired peace and understanding and most importantly right now you can inspire your audience to vote. Now more than ever women need to continue to rise up.”

 

2. Hillary Clinton, 2016 presidential candidate

“When women are held back, our country is held back. When women get ahead, everyone gets ahead.”

“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names.”

 

“I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”

5. Mari Copeny, clean water activist 

“It’s ok to build somebody up without tearing others down at the same time.”

 

“Women don’t need to find their voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.”

 

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”

“Women feel like we need permission … We need to lead and change that.”

 

9. Naomi Wadler, gun control activist

“I urge everyone here and everyone who hears my voice to join me in telling the stories that aren’t told. To honor the girls, the women of color, who are murdered at disproportionate rates in this nation. I urge each of you to help me write the narrative for this world and understand, so that these girls and women are never forgotten.”

 

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud, and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

 

12. Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

“We cannot have equality for all if we have an economy that only works for the wealthy few, but we also cannot have an economy that works for everyone if even one person is kept out of a job because of hate.”

“A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

 

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