75 Strong Women Quotes About What Makes A Strong Woman

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While Women's History Month only comes once a year in March, it’s important to remember how strong women really are all year.

The best strong women quotes will help you do just that, and with the inspirational feminist quotes celebrating the strength of women below, you'll be on your way to the empowerment you deserve.

A strong woman is defined by her emotional strength, her ability to get back up when life has knocked her down, and the way she never settles for less than she deserves.

To renew that sense of pride you should feel for being a strong, persistent, powerful woman, look to these 75 strong women quotes.

These powerful quotes make the perfect strong woman captions for social media posts celebrating the badass independent women in your life.

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And of course, they're also great for captioning your own selfies when you need "I'm a strong woman" quotes.

75 Best Strong Women Quotes To Inspire You and Help You Celebrate Being a Strong Woman

1. "There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you." — Vice President Kamala Harris

2. “A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.”

3. “A strong man can handle a strong woman. A weak man will say she has attitude.”

4. "Own yourself, woman." — Toni Morrison, "Beloved"

5. "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” — Angela Davis

6. "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." — Gloria Steinem

7. “There’s fire in her … If loved correctly, she will warm your entire home. If abused, she will burn it down.”

8. “She was a wild one; always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” — Kaitlin Foster

9. “She has been through hell. So believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into the fire and smiles.”

10. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” — Stephanie Bennett-Henry

11. “Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until they are in hot water.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

12. “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejections.” — Lecrae

13. “A weak man can’t love a strong woman. He won’t know what to do with her.”

14. “Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.” — Marilyn Monroe

15. “The woman who doesn’t require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” — Mohadesa Najumi

16. “At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, It would be to use the phrase ‘f--- off’ much more frequently.” — Helen Mirren

17. “A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, and perseveres … no matter what life throws at her.”

18. "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." — Anne Frank

19. “If I was meant to be controlled, I would have come with a remote.”

20. “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” — Coco Chanel

21. “The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”

22. “You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don't work hard." — Kim Kardashian

23. “The funny thing about a strong woman is that she doesn’t need you – she wants you and if you start slacking she’ll be content without you.”

24. “So many strong women start as broken girls.”

25. “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh*t to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will.” — Amy Schumer

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26. “She needed a hero. So that’s what she became.”

27. “A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.”

28. "I have to be seen to be believed." — Queen Elizabeth II

29. “She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love” — Jm Storm

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30.“A wise woman once said, ‘f**k this sh*t’ and she lived happily ever after.”

31. “When she laughed she was beautiful, when she cried she was beautiful, but, when she was determined she was sexy as hell.” — Matt Baker

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32. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

33. “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D Anderson

34. “Woman is the dominant sex. Men have to do all sorts of stuff to prove they are worthy of a woman’s attention.” — Camille Pagla

35. “I am f***ing gold, but you prefer silver, and that’s OK.”

36. “I am not someone who can be controlled. I want someone who will watch me do my thing and be like, ‘that’s my girl’.”

37. “She’s a bada** with a good heart, soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside, the type of woman you marry.” — R.H. Sin

38. “I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible and when I leave, you will finally understand, why storms are named after people.”

39. “Sometimes, it takes balls to be a woman.”

40. “She is water. Strong enough to drown you, soft enough to cleanse you, and deep enough to save you.” — Rupi Kaur

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

42. “A queen will always turn pain into power.”

43. “Some women fear the fire, some simply become it …” — R.H. Sin

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44. “You can tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.”

45. “Sometimes an angel, sometimes a hell raiser, always a strong woman.” — R.H. Sin

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46. “And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” — Hillary Clinton

47. “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.” — Jessica Kirkland

48. “I’m proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time becoming her.”

49. “One of the most beautiful sounds that I have ever heard is the sound of a beautiful, strong woman’s voice once she has discovered her true worth. She sounds empowered … She sounds confident … but most of all … she sounds free.”

50. "Dear woman, Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, Too beautiful, Too strong, Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like you have to be less of a woman. The biggest mistake that you can make is removing jewels from your own crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand, You do not need a smaller crown, You need a man with bigger hands.”

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51. "We are made of all those who have built and broken us." — Atticus

52. "She is a queen, her soul is royalty." — Adrian Michael

53. "Her damaged petals are what made her more beautiful than all of the other flowers." — A.J. Lawless

54. "And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire and that not eben she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears." — Mark Anthony

55. "Do not tame the wolf inside you just because you've met someone who doesn't have the courage to handle you." — Belle Estreller

56. "You need to know that you're enough — a mantra that has now ingrained itself so deeply within me that not a day goes by without hearing it chime in my head." — Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle

57. “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this.” — Hercules

58. “She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.” ― Roman Payne

59. “Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.” ― Dorothy L. Sayers

60. “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” ― Cheryl Strayed

61. “I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming.” — Tana French

62. “I believe in strong women. I believe in the woman who is able to stand up for herself. I believe in the woman who doesn't need to hide behind her husband's back. I believe that if you have problems, as a woman you deal with them, you don't play victim, you don't make yourself look pitiful, you don't point fingers. You stand and you deal. You face the world with a head held high and you carry the universe in your heart.” ― C. JoyBell C.

63. “Women are never so strong as after their defeat.” ― Alexandre Dumas

64. “The emerging woman ... will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied...strength and beauty must go together.” ― Louisa May Alcott

65. “She has fought many wars, most internal. The ones that you battle alone, for this, she is remarkable. She is a survivor.” ― Nikki Rowe

66. “Strong women — precious jewels all — their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage.” ― Maya Angelou

67. “I'd never been a good damsel in distress. I was a 'hands-on' damsel.” ― Jennifer Armintrout

68. “One by one she slew her fears, and then planted a flower garden over their graves.” ― John Mark Green

69. “We're told that men are strong & brave, but I think women know how to endure, accept defeat & bear physical & mental agony much better than men.” ― Lisa See

70. “I'd rather be thought of as smart, capable, strong, and compassionate than beautiful. Those things all persist long after beauty fades.” ― Cassandra Duffy

71. “What one person sees as degrading and disgusting and bad for women might make some women feel empowered and beautiful and strong.” ― Sasha Grey

72. "I am the heat of a wildfire, the rage of a storm. I am strong. Delicate things are pretty-cute, even. But I am not delicate. I am wild, fierce and unpredictable. I am breathtaking. I am beautiful. I am sacred.” ― Brooke Hampton

73. “Little girls don’t stay little forever, Kyle Stephens said. They turn into strong women who return to destroy your world.” ― Chanel Miller

74. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” ― Kavita N. Ramdas

75. “Just because I give you my all, doesn't mean I'm a pushover. Don't make the mistake of underestimating me. Push too hard and you'll see how strong I really am!” ― Karen Gibbs

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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who needs coffee more than she needs anyone’s approval. She enjoys putting bright colors in her curly brown hair, spending time outside on cool days and being with her partner in life, Eric, who she considers a continuing source of inspiration.