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Words of Wisdom to Help You Get It, Girl

From politics, to technology, to business and more, glass ceilings are shattering all over the place. But too often, women are still the ones sweeping up the mess.

With many gender wars still waging, it can be difficult to see how much progress we’ve made. That’s why we compiled our favorite quotes from 20 history-making women who use their thought-leadership, activism and art to change the world. These nuggets of wisdom will give you the confidence you need to reach your goals.

Read, get inspired and find ways to make history…or at least behave poorly.

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” - Tina Fey

“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other, don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.” - Emma Watson

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” - Amy Poehler

“Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.” - Carrie Fisher

“Hope springs eternal, even in politics.” - Gwen Ifill

“I’ve always believed you can learn something from nearly everybody you meet, if you’re open to it.” - Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Stop telling girls they can be anything they want when they grow up. I think it’s a mistake not because they can’t, but because it would’ve never occurred to them they couldn’t.” - Sarah Silverman

“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and everyone of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and for each other.” – Laverne Cox

“You have to be willing to ask questions that almost no one else would ask.” - Samantha Bee

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” – Toni Morrison

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” – Bell Hooks

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“I can promise you that women working together — linked, informed and educated — can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” - Isabel Allende

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

“Get more confidence by doing things that excite and frighten you.” – Jessica Williams

“If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.” – Rachel Maddow

“Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths.” - Sonia Sotomayor

“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” – Geena Davis

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


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