March 8 is here — an International Women's Day that's been praising and uniting all women since 1911. Celebrating the phenomenal social, economic, political and cultural contributions that females make to our world, it's a time to look to those mothers, daughters, wives and sisters in our lives and to reinforce the need for gender equality for all beautiful ladies around the globe.
So, while you reach out to your loved ones and congratulate your friends and colleagues for being the exceptional human beings that they are, take a glance at the following inspirational celebrity quotes hellbent on empowering all women:
17. Jennifer Lawrence
"As women we don’t know we’re at a deficit because we have vaginas. It wasn’t until they had a headline like, 'Even though she’s a woman!' And I was like, 'Oh. I didn’t know to be looking out for that. How did this wittle vagina manage that? I carried a whooole movie. How did I do it, getting a period once a month?'"
"I'll have no man telling me to shave my f*ckin' legs. Shave yours."
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15. Emma Stone
"I'm actively working hard on learning to appreciate yourself no matter what. If what someone else says can easily derail you, it means your sense of self isn't that firmly established in the first place. It's an inside job. You're beautiful and worthy and totally unique. People insult each other based on their own insecurities — even though it may feel personal, it really never is. Really. Seriously."
14. Lupita Nyong'o
"I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside."
13. Amy Schumer
"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."
"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."
11. Emma Watson
"I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it and sometimes you just have to blast through and have faith."
"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay."
9. Meryl Streep
"I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world."
8. Angelina Jolie
"Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud."
7. J.K. Rowling
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better."
"There's something so special about a woman who dominates in a man's world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer."
5. Serena Williams
"Well, I prefer the words 'one of the greatest athletes of all time.'"
4. Ashley Graham
"I'm trying to change how women think about themselves. Some people just don't get it. I've been denied jobs because I was too big. I've also been denied jobs because I was too small. At the end of the day, I'm never going to conform to what anybody wants. This is my body; I'm happy in it."
3. Emilia Clarke
"In terms of feminist issues, my mom never told me, like, ‘It’s gonna be tough. You’ve got boobs.’ But I saw that there was no difference between my mom and my dad in terms of what they were capable of because of their genders."
"Women are the real architects of society"
1. Oprah Winfrey
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."
What does International Women's Day mean to you?