20 Feminist Quotes from Badass Women


To all my fellow feminist comrades who are continuing to fight for women’s rights and equal opportunities… it can get exhausting! From writers, political representatives, and comedians, these outstanding women have used their voices for justice and refused to be silenced.

When you need a little extra motivation while smashing the patriarchy, these 20 quotes are for you.



“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” ― Rebecca West


“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” ― Margaret Atwood


“It makes me sad to hear girls constantly putting themselves down. We have these unbelievably high expectations of ourselves, when actually we’re human beings and our bodies have a function.” ― Emma Watson


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  ― Alice Walker


“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.” ― Michelle Obama


“Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it” ― Hillary Clinton


“Women’s rights are human rights.” ― Hillary Clinton


“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou


“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


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



“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


‘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 just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.’ ― Amy Poehler


“A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, ‘For a man, you’re kind of ignorant.’” ― Anne Hathaway


“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt


“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ― Roseanne Barr


“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” ― Cheris Kramarae


“I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human. I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying — trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.” ― Roxane Gay


Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you. ― Taylor Swift


If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. ― Katharine Hepburn


Hang in there, friends. You got this! Who’s one woman you choose to celebrate?



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  1. Shann Eva

    Love these! Really needed some inspiration today, and this list is perfect.

    05 . Apr . 2017
  2. jenn

    love that you ended it with hepburn. nice.

    05 . Apr . 2017
  3. Taylor

    I love this post! I love all of these quotes! Thanks for sharing!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  4. Annaliese

    It’s always great to keep quotes that empower you handy!!

    xoxo A

    05 . Apr . 2017
  5. Stephanie Parrell

    I freaking love this! Really motivational 🙂

    05 . Apr . 2017
  6. Casey the College Celiac

    I especially relate to Roxane Gay’s quote about not using feminism as a way to project her “perfect” self or be an ideal role model for others, but to use feminism as a way to spread our beliefs and give a greater purpose to our writing. Great round up!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  7. McKenna Bleu

    Haha love anne HAthaway and that quote!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  8. Dominique

    Oh wow. These are so good. Love myself some good quotes and LOVE Margaret Atwood!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  9. Rumela Dey

    Such great quotes.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

    05 . Apr . 2017
  10. Ashley

    What a great collection of quotes!!! And it’s wonderfully convenient that it follows Equal Pay Day (read more here http://www.thepoliticallycorrectparent.com/2017/04/equal-pay-day-20-discount-for-20-less.html) yesterday! I enjoyed these quotes and THANKS for posting them!!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  11. Caitlyn

    I love reading inspirational quotes like this. I just keep yelling “YAS” and “PREACH” in my head. Haha

    05 . Apr . 2017
  12. Kim Travieso

    I love these! I hope to raise my two young men to always respect women as their equals! It starts at home!

    05 . Apr . 2017
  13. Lauren Becker

    Love this so much! The one about women being afraid of men killing them is heartbreaking, yet so accurate. I just finished Bad Feminist the other day and really loved it!


    06 . Apr . 2017
  14. Sam @ The Haunted Housewife

    These are perfect. I’m bookmarking this for sure!

    06 . Apr . 2017
  15. Bella

    I love this one the best … “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” !!! Its perfect. thanks for sharing these.

    06 . Apr . 2017
  16. Amanda

    Fantastic quotes! Totally takes me back to college and my women’s studies classes– those were some of my favorite classes!

    06 . Apr . 2017
  17. Candice Nikeia

    I feel so empowered after reading these awesome quotes!

    06 . Apr . 2017
  18. Cait Weingartner

    Love this post! So many great, inspirational quotes from fierce women. I’d like to add my personal favorite…
    “The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.”
    ― Mohadesa Najumi

    06 . Apr . 2017
  19. Trish @ The Trish List

    This post is pure perfection! I loved all the quotes. Thanks for sharing!

    06 . Apr . 2017
  20. the sofieyah diaries

    Love these mottos! Very inspirational <3


    06 . Apr . 2017
  21. Lynn

    I love these quotes and how they are from all sorts of women — comedian Amy Schumer to former first lady Hilary Clinton.

    I have a blog question for you if you don’t mind answering. How did you do the block of text that says Click to Tweet? I’ve never seen that before.

    xo, Lynn N.
    Pinterest/Twitter: @emmaandrose
    Instagram: @emmaandroseblog

    06 . Apr . 2017
  22. amy

    These are all great and so motivational!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    07 . Apr . 2017
  23. Stephanie A Bills

    YESSS I needed this this morning. I have this quote “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ― Alice Walker hanging in my office to remind me every day that I am only as strong as I make myself believe.

    07 . Apr . 2017
  24. Jennifer

    That quote by Alice Walker is sooo good! Very inspirational!

    Jennifer Ashley

    07 . Apr . 2017
  25. kirsten

    These are all such great quotes! I’m always up for a good feminist quote roundup! And as far as celebrating women, why pick just one to celebrate?

    10 . Apr . 2017

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