28 Brutally Honest Quotes From BADASS Women About Womanhood

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Time for some girl talk.

There might be times when we hate being women (ok, usually just when our uterus is trying to kill us), but the truth is ... we love being women!

But being a woman is hard  there's so much for us to do. We have stereotypes to break, jobs to excel at, families to care for, lives to lead, friends to hang out with and the world to run. Sometimes we're so busy making sure everything gets done, we forget to look to the women who have paved the way for all of our awesomeness.

Luckily, there are many successful women to help remind us, like Ellen Degeneres:

"Women should always remember to accept who they are. You're a beautiful, talented, valuable human being, so you should learn to love yourself. Of course, there are always exceptions. If you're a serial killer, then you should probably hold back from being your true self so that you can obey the law and stay out of prison."

So here are 28 inspirational and honest, if at times ridiculous, quotes that sum up what it means to be a woman today.

Women should never wait for someone to hand over power.
Roseanne Barr inspirational quote

"The thing women have yet to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it." - Roseanne Barr

We get more perfect with age.
Emma Watson inspirational quotes

"I'm excited about the ageing process. I'm more interested in women who aren't perfect. They're more compelling." - Emma Watson

As women, we have a special superpowers that can befuddle the minds of men.
Farrah Fawcett inspirational quotes

"God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met." - Farrah Fawcett

Women can easily do (or out-do) the work of men.
Charlotte Whitton inspirational quotes

"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." - Charlotte Whitton

As women, we need to start realizing how amazing we actually are.
Anna Quindlen

"After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought: I’m enough." - Anna Quindlen

We are dangerous even as we are graceful.
smiling woman inspirational quote

"The most dangerous animal in the world is a silent smiling woman." - Anonymous

Women can be whatever the heck we want to be.
Emma Watson inspirational quotes

“I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior – a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess.” - Emma Watson

Being a woman doesn't mean having to be a damsel in distress.
Nora Ephron inspirational quotes

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron 

We should never be afraid to do what makes us feel pretty.
Tina Fey inspirational quotes

"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?" - Tina Fey

A strong woman will never hurt someone to make herself feel better.
building women up inspirational quotes

"A strong woman builds others up because she knows what it's like to be torn down." - Anonymous

Women can (and should) know how to fight their own battles.
Susan B. Anthony inspirational quotes

"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand." - Susan B. Anthony

A strong woman is better than a pretty woman.
Lilith Saintcrow inspirational quotes

“Better to be strong than pretty and useless.” - Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

A woman's beauty isn't defined by her looks.
beauty inspirational quotes

"Beauty isn't about having a pretty face. It's about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul." - Anonymous

A strong woman doesn't run from a challenge.
Gina Carey inspirational quotes

"A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink." - Gina Carey

Women should never let fear hold us back.
Emma Watson inspirational quotes

“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” - Emma Watson

No woman ever needs a man to make her life complete.
Princess Diana inspirational quotes

"People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me." - Princess Diana

Womanhood is a tribe and we always have each others' backs.
women together inspirational quotes.

"Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back." - Anonymous

We have to accept that we are only human.
Nicki Minaj inspirational quotes

"When you're a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super-sweet. And you have to be sexy...and you have to be nice. It's like, I can't be all those things at once: I'm a human being." - Nicki Minaj

Confidence is what makes a woman sexy.
Beyoncé inspirational quotes

"The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence." - Beyoncé

Every once in a while, it's ok to be a witch.
Madonna inspirational quotes

“I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” - Madonna

We determine our lives, no one else.
Amy Schumer inspirational quotes

"If I say I'm beautiful...If I say I'm strong. You will not determine my story - I will." - Amy Schumer

Being a feminist doesn't mean hating men.
Emma Watson inspirational quotes

“I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” - Emma Watson

We only realize how totally strong we are when we go through the hard times.
Eleanor Roosevelt inspirational quotes

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two things women should always be.
Coco Chanel inspirational quotes

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” - Coco Chanel

The best makeup a woman can wear is a smile.
Rosalind Russell inspirational quotes

"Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic." - Rosalind Russell

We sometimes just have to pretend to have it all together.
Mindy Kaling inspirational quotes

"Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched."  - Mindy Kaling

All women know the real key to confidence.
Tina Fey inspirational quotes

"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion." - Tina Fey

But the most important thing to remember is that every woman is a superhero.
it was never a dress inspirational quote

"It was never a dress."


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