8 Famous Quotes From Women Leaders

Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai are a small example of the power women have. These ladies are not ordinary in any sense. They are some of the most influential leaders in our world today. After centuries of patriarchy, things are finally changing. Women are in more positions of power now than ever. Although we have a long way ahead in building a society that respects all genders, we must acknowledge how far we’ve come. The efforts of these women have been the formation for a society where equality isn’t a dream anymore. We owe it to them to educate ourselves about how influential and unstoppable a woman can truly be.

Queen Elizabeth II

“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.

Elizabeth II has been a Queen since 1952. There may be no one who hasn’t heard of the Queen. She learnt to drive during World War II Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service so she could assist with the war effort becoming the only female royal family member to enter the armed forces. Definitely not a woman who shies away from challenges.

I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”

Malala Yousafzai

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

No one would have ever thought this young girl from a small city in Pakistan could make such a difference. It wasn’t long ago that she was a nobody. Just a small town girl trying to fight for her right for education in a society where no one but her father understood her. After the Taliban’s attempt to murder her just because she wanted her basic right, she decided it was time to take a stand and well, change the world. And that is exactly what she did. Now, a few years later, it’s impossible to be on the Internet and not come across the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is currently student at the University of Oxford.

The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.

Hillary Clinton

“Women are always being tested... but ultimately, each of us has to define who we are individually and then do the very best job we can to grow into it.”

Born in Chicago, Clinton seemed like an ordinary girl. She participated in swimming and baseball and was a girl scout as well. In junior year of high school, she was elected vice president and in senior year when she lost to boys, one of them said that it’s stupid for her to even think a girl could be president. But yeas later, in 2016, she became the first woman to ever be elected as a nominee for the presidential election.

“What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.”

Emma Watson

I’m excited about the aging process. I’m more interested in women who aren’t perfect. They’re more compelling.”

A British actress widely known for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter. She is also an activist for gender equality. In 2014, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill ambassador. The HeforShe campaign and her speech was a huge success moving hearts all around the world. Its aim was to encourage men to advocate gender equality as well.

"I feel like young girls are told they have to be a princess, and be delicate and fragile, and that's bulls**t. I identify much more with the idea of being a warrior, being a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I'd be a warrior princess, definitely. I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. I think you’ve got to embrace it."

Angela Merkel

“YES, NOW LITTLE GIRLS IN GERMANY KNOW THEY CAN BECOME A HAIRDRESSER, OR CHANCELLOR. LET’S SEE.”

The chancellor of Germany used to be a research scientist too. She holds a doctorate in physical chemistry. She has also been the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000. Merkel has been described as the de facto leader of the European Union and been named as the world’s second most powerful leader twice.

“The strongest response to terrorists is to carry on living our lives and our values as we have until now – self-confident and free, considerate and engaged. We Europeans will show our free life is stronger than any terror.”

Michelle Obama

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

The first African-American First Lady. Graduate of Harvard and Princeton, as First Lady, she become a role model and fashion icon for women. Also an advocate for poverty awareness and nutrition. Some might call the Obama family the best we’ve seen so far. Her smart parenting shows in both her daughters, Malia and Sasha. She has perhaps been the First Lady to have changed so much about not just her society and country, but also the world. The representation of black women has definitely been affected by her presence in pop culture as well.

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

Melinda Gates

“All lives have an equal value.”

Wife to the Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and a mother of 3. Her role doesn’t just stop there. A businesswoman and a philanthropist. She has the life one could only dream of. But it wasn’t always like that. Being an employee at Microsoft, she was discouraged with how few women there really were in the field. It almost made her want to leave but instead of being intimidated by the men around her, she chose to work harder and became the general manager of product information at Microsoft. She is constantly working to make the STEM field more available to girls. Encouraging them, guiding them. Not just towards the STEM field, but to take control of their own lives.

“The world is full of what seem like intractable problems. Often we let that paralyze us. Instead, let is spur you to action. There are some people in the world that we can't help, but there are so many more that we can. So when you see a mother and her children suffering in another part of the world, don't look away. Look right at them. Let them break your heart, then let your empathy and your talents help you make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you volunteer every week or just a few times a year, your time and unique skills are invaluable.’’

Oprah Winfrey

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

The greatest black philanthropist in American history. She is the reason people of color, especially women of color don’t face worse horrors of racism. Yes, people of color are discriminated against, but before Winfrey, things were much worse. Oprah Winfrey didn’t have an easy life. Born to an unmarried woman, living in poverty. Molested by her cousin, torn down by society. You would’ve thought it would’ve destroyed her, but she chose to rise above. She chose to become the most influential woman in the world.

“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”

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Women entrepreneur with a passion of helping startups, and help them manage busienss effectively, she is running her own beauty blog but she's has been contributing her fair share on effective business managemet and currently working with eWorldTrade.com as well.

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