82+ Best Women’s Rights Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Women’s rights include the rights to live free from violence and discrimination; to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn an equal wage.Profoundly inspirational women’s rights quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Women’s Rights Quotes

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

When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man; when a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. — Bette Davis

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

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

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

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

Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. — Hillary Clinton

I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with. — Evita Peron

Its not about supplication, its about power. Its not about asking, its about demanding. Its not about convincing those who are currently in power, its about changing the very face of power itself. —Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. — B. R. Ambedkar

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

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. — Kofi Annan

Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman. — Corita Kent

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

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

A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. —Eleanor Roosevelt

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t. — Audre Lorde

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

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

When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful. — Malala Yousafzai

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. — Amelia Earhart

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

Women are the real architects of society. —Harriet Beecher Stowe

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. — Mary Shelley

Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women’s liberation … none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men. — Barbara Ehrenreich

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

Knowledge without wisdom is adequate for the powerful, but wisdom is essential to the survival of the subordinate. —Patricia Hill Collins

I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side. — Maya Angelou

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

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

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

A countrys greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race. —Sarojini Naidu

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. — Oprah Winfrey

Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed. —Judith Butler

Feminism is for everybody. — Bell Hooks

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

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

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

Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society. — Angela Davis

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

‘Very well,’ I said angrily, ‘Start the man, and I’ll start the same day for some other newspaper and beat him.’ Nellie Bly

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

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

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

We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is that we have a uniting movement. — Emma Watson

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody elses whim or to someone elses ignorance. —Bell Hooks

I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life. — Laverne Cox

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

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. —Simone de Beauvoir

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. — Arundhati Roy

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

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

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

For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. — Audre Lorde

A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves. — Gloria Steinem

By propagating women’s nature as non-violent they are discouraging women from becoming fighters in the struggle for their own liberation and that of society. — Anuradha Ghandy

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

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and its very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do. —Ani DiFranco

When a woman is assaulted, one of the first questions people ask is, Did you say no? This question assumes that the answer was always yes, and that it is her job to revoke the agreement. To defuse the bomb she was given. But why are they allowed to touch us until we physically fight them off? Why is the door open until we have to slam it shut? — Chanel Miller

Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to be themselves. —Betty Friedan

One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe. — Alice Walker

There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. — Virginia Woolf

More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. — Roxanne Dunbar

 Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. —Audre Lorde

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

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

I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days. — Jane Austen

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

Around the world there are countless examples of women rising, taking leadership, taking their destiny into their own hands, inspiring all of us. But women and girls are still the majority of the victims of war. They are over half of all refugees, and the vast majority of the victims of rape and other sexual and gender-based violence. — Angelina Jolie

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

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

I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. — Madonna

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

Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defence of women hating. —Andrea Dworkin

Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility. — Ban Ki-moon

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

A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man. — Assata Shakur

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. — Susan B. Anthony

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? — Sojourner Truth

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

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