80+ Best Feminist Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Feminist is a person who believes in feminism, and tries to achieve change that helps women to get equal opportunities and treatment. Inspirational feminist quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Feminist Quotes

To all 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

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens… who formed the Union. Susan B. Anthony

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. Abigail Adams

I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b*tch, okay. Madonna

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Brontë

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. Madeleine Albright

If a woman have a pint and a man a quart-why can’t she have her little pint full? Sojourner Truth

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

I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves. Mary Wollstonecraft

I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me. Maya Angelou

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Strong Feminist Quotes

A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter. Jane Austen

You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’ Erin McKean

A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman. Melinda Gates

We cannot accept any code or creed that uniformly defrauds woman of all her natural rights. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Let woman’s claim be as broad in the concrete as the abstract. We take our stand on the solidarity of humanity, the oneness of life, and the unnaturalness and injustice of all special favoritism, whether of sex, race, country, or condition. If one link of the chain is broken, the chain is broken. A bridge is no stronger than its weakest part, and a cause is not worthier than its weakest element. Anna Julia Cooper

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men. Gloria Steinem

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish. Michelle Obama

If we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex. Mary Wollstonecraft

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others, they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. They then act and do things accordingly. Zora Neale Hurston

When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b*tch. Bette Davis

I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman. Diane von Furstenberg

One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak. Gloria Steinem

Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves? Who knows what women’s intelligence will contribute when it can be nourished without denying love? Betty Friedan

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. Audre Lorde

When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going-let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have. Hillary Clinton

Feminism is for everybody. Bell Hooks

Now, we are becoming the men we wanted to marry. Once, women were trained to marry a doctor, not be one. Gloria Steinem

It is obvious that discrimination exists. Women do not have the opportunities that men do. And women that do not conform to the system, who try to break with the accepted patterns, are stigmatized as ‘odd’ and ‘unfeminine.’ The fact is that a woman who aspires to be chairman of the board, or a Member of the House, does so for exactly the same reasons as any man. Basically, these are that she thinks she can do the job and she wants to try. Shirley Chisholm

The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. Betty Friedan

Women are leaders everywhere you look-from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes. Nancy Pelosi

Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power. Shonda Rhimes

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored. Sheryl Sandberg

Whether I am meant to or not, I challenge assumptions about women. I do make some people uncomfortable, which I’m well aware of, but that’s just part of coming to grips with what I believe is still one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history-empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves. Hillary Clinton

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. Beyoncé

Women must learn to play the game as men do. Eleanor Roosevelt

If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male’s arrogance made it ‘a discussion.’ Simone de Beauvoir

As the sole woman in the civil rights leadership group, I was determined to bring wise women together to learn and gather strength from the experience. Dorothy Height

Empowering Feminist Quotes

If I want to define myself, I first have to say, ‘I am a woman’; all other assertions will arise from this basic truth. A man never begins by positing himself as an individual of a certain sex: that he is a man is obvious. Simone de Beauvoir

You could make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative upending destabilizing thrilling change in the course of human history is that we’re finally in it. … We’re here now, women are in the world, and we will not be bullied. Meryl Streep

No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back. Kamala Harris

The feminine mystique says that the highest value and the only commitment for women is the fulfillment of their own femininity. It says that the great mistake of Western culture, through most of its history, has been the undervaluation of this femininity. Betty Friedan

One person plus one typewriter constitutes a movement. Pauli Murray

It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards, but it gets easier as you go along. Germaine Greer

Power is being redefined. Women often explain with care that we mean power to control our lives, but not to dominate others. Gloria Steinem

Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it. Janelle Monáe

I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story-I will. Amy Schumer

For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious-or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution. Naomi Wolf

The most ’emancipated’ women … showed a far greater capacity for complete sexual enjoyment. Betty Friedan

[Women] will not have to sacrifice the right to honorable competition and contribution anymore than they will have to sacrifice marriage and motherhood. Betty Friedan

Why is it acceptable for women to be secretaries, librarians, and teachers, but totally unacceptable for them to be managers, administrators, doctors, lawyers, and Members of Congress? Shirley Chisholm

I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak. Harriet Beecher Stowe

In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders. Sheryl Sandberg

Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all. Hillary Clinton

Women’s freedom is the sign of social freedom. Rosa Luxemburg

Young feminists are a thrilling phenomenon: smart, bold, funny defenders of rights and claimers of space-and changers of the conversation. Rebecca Solnit

If women want a feminist revolution-ours is a world that is crying out for feminist revolution-then we must assume responsibility for drawing women together in political solidarity. That means we must assume responsibility for eliminating all the forces that divide women. bell hooks

For me, the process of embodying confidence was less about convincing myself of my own worth and more about rejecting and unlearning what society had hammered into me. Lindy West

Women’s speech-and the fact that we are now listening to it-has enraged men in a way that makes them determined to reëstablish the longstanding hierarchy of power in America. … And yet this awful truth will not stop women from speaking, and I do not think that it will turn a movement into a moment. It has become clear that there is not nearly enough left to lose. Jia Tolentino

They cannot stand that a refugee, a black woman, an immigrant, a Muslim, shows up in Congress thinking she’s equal to them. But I say to them, ‘How else did you expect me to show up?’ Ilhan Omar

You do not win by struggling to the top of a caste system, you win by refusing to be trapped within one at all. Naomi Wol

On social media, you’re meant to be performing yourself…[There are] things that are put more on female performers, like this idea that you’re supposed to be relatable. You’re supposed to be a rockstar, but you’re also supposed to have a great vegan cookie recipe…What’s the currency here? What are we really trading? St. Vincent

This is not a men vs. women issue. It’s about people vs. prejudice. Laura Bates

Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice. Helen Keller

Maybe it just boils down to: I’m a woman who’s really into her career, so I’m obsessed with the craft of my work. … There’s a romance in that for me. Mitski

In my opinion, the most exciting potential of women of color formations resides in the possibility of politicizing this identity-basing the identity on politics rather than the politics on identity. Angela Davis

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. Toni Morrison

I have sometimes thought that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms: there is the hall, through which everyone passes in going in and out; the drawingroom, where one receives formal visits; the sitting-room, where the members of the family come and go as they list; but beyond that, far beyond, are other rooms, the handles of whose doors perhaps are never turned; no one knows the way to them, no one knows whither they lead; and in the innermost room, the holy of holies, the soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes. Edith Wharton

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