March 07.2017, 2.17pm

International Women’s Day: 10 Quotes From Female Leaders That Will Inspire You

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. It is also a day to highlight inequalities that still exist today.

This year’s theme is asking us all to #BeBoldForChange. Through purposeful collaboration, men and women, can come together and act against inequality whenever or wherever we see it. To celebrate the day, we’ve put together 10 quotes from remarkable female leaders around the globe that are sure to inspire women (and men) everywhere!

Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange? These women certainly were. Although they all come from different backgrounds – some make music, some act, some lead global organisations – they all have one thing in common. They are leading the way in their field and helping create a more gender-inclusive world.

 

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Oprah went from talk show host to being the world’s first African-American Woman Billionaire.

 

Oprah Winfrey

 

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series.

 

J.K. Rowling

 

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017.

 

Michelle Obama

 

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org.

 

Sheryl Sandberg

 

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author who is the First and incumbent State Councillor and Leader of the National League for Democracy.

 

Aung San Suu Kyi

 

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Emma is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe.

 

Emma Watson

 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on seven occasions.

 

Serena Williams

 

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is an American information technology executive, currently serving as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!

 

Marissa Mayer

 

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an American actress of stage and screen, and philanthropist. She has received the most Oscar nominations (20 times) for a single person.

 

Meryl Streep

 

Beyoncé

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 160 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

 

Beyoncé

 

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