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Words can impact how young people see the world and open their minds to dreaming big. Motivational and inspiring quotes can be powerful, giving you the strength to get going or, in some cases, keep going. Women’s History Month is the perfect time to celebrate women’s accomplishments and the many contributions women have made. It’s also a great time to reflect on empowering quotes geared toward young women to keep building upon that history.

For instance, singer Dolly Parton has advocated for young girls through her work and shared her wisdom during many interviews. “I broke boundaries just by being myself, I let a lot of, especially girls and young women, and people know that it’s OK to be yourself!” she said during an interview.

Celebrating Women’s History Background

The first Women’s History Day was held in 1909 in New York City, as reported by Woman’s Day. They said that it commemorated the first anniversary of the garment workers’ strikes when 15,000 women marched through lower Manhattan. From 1909 to 1910, immigrant women working in garment factories held a strike to protest their working conditions. Most of them were teen girls who worked 12-hour days.

In 1978, the day became Women’s History Week, which was kicked off by an education task force in Sonoma County, California. President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 Women’s History Week across the country in 1980. According to the alliance, 14 states declared the entire month of March Women’s History Month by 1986. In 1987, Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March Women’s History Month.

Empower Through Words.

Maya Angelou, Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey are just a few of the icons who inspire young women. They remind them what they are capable of. Quotes are here to remind young girls that they should go after their goals no matter what. Showing them the power, that one inspirational quote can guide them toward their greatest potential.

If you’re looking for the right words to help inspire, motivate, or encourage a young woman in your life, take a look at empowering quotes for young women below.

  • Susan B. Anthony

    “Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself,” said Susan B. Anthony. She gave a speech in San Fransciso in July of 1871. Anthony said this quote during her speech to show women that times were changing. In 1888, she helped to merge the two largest suffrage associations into one, the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. She was an American women’s rights activist known for her role in the women’s suffrage movement.

    Susan B. Anthony Portrait, Suffragist, 19th Century American Culture

    Portrait of Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a women’s rights activist and suffragist, abolitionist, and Quaker. Photograph engraving published 1895. Original edition is in my archives. Copyright expired and in Public Domain.

  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou was the poet at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in January 1993. The New York Times reported that she also appeared on Hilary Clinton’s website in a taped video segment where she “eloquently” advocated for women. She said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Angelou was not only a writer and poet, she’s also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ginsburg advocated for women’s rights. She directed the influential Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s. In 1996, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, holding that qualified women could not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute.

    Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses during a group photograph at the Supreme Court building on September 29, 2009 in Washington, DC.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  • Sandra Day O'Connor

    The late Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice. She said, “As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.” O’Connor shattered the idea that women were not qualified to serve on the nation’s highest court. She further opened the door for women at all levels of the legal profession.

    Women standing backwards together at full length against gray wall, hold on to each other, dressed in white T-shirts and jeans, rear view

    Women standing backwards together at full length against gray wall, hold on to each other, dressed in white T-shirts and jeans, rear view

  • Gertrude Ederle

    “When somebody tells me I cannot do something, that’s when I do it,” said Gertrude Ederle. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel. Only five men had ever swam the waterway before. According to the History network, She first tried to cross the English Channel in 1925 but didn’t make it all the way across. The following year, she tried again at age 20 when she completed the swim.

    Woman swimming in a lake on a summer day

    Woman swimming in a lake on a summer day

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey is a former talk show host and philanthropist who is full of wisdom. She said “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” She built a world-class school for girls in South Africa for grades 7 through 12 through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. People reported that Winfrey hopes the students who finish at The Academy will continue their educational paths and eventually transform their communities and countries.

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