Women's History Quotes


"I'm inspired by failure. The process of defeat—picking yourself back up again is the hardest thing in the world."

Lolo Jones, (1982-)
Gold medal winning Olympian


"I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

Rosa Parks, (1913-2005)
civil rights activist


"Champions keep playing until they get it right."

Billie Jean King, (1943-)
tennis player and founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation


"I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last."

Jeannette Rankin, (1880-1973)
first woman in Congress


"Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be."

Clementine Paddleford, (1898-1967)
food writer for The New York Telegram, Herald Tribune, and other publications


"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation."

Abigail Adams, (1744-1818)
First Lady and advocate of women’s rights


"Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk."

Dolores Huerta, (1930-)
labor leader and civil rights activist


"Our ‘Pathway’ is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning."

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, (1815-1902)
leading figure of the suffrage movement


"You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream, you've got to get out there and make it happen yourself."

Diana Ross, (1944-)
singer, actress, and record producer


"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."

Nora Ephron, (1941-2012)
writer, director, and journalist


"Where the women go, the culture goes."

Phylicia Rashad, (1948-)
actress, singer, and stage director


"The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes."

Bella Abzug, (1920-1998)
lawyer, US Representative, and activist


"Failure is impossible."

Susan B. Anthony, (1820-1906)
suffrage leader and social reformer


"Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency."

Maya Angelou, (1928-2014)
poet and author


"The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way."

Betty Friedan, (1921-2006)
writer and activist


"We ask only for justice and equal rights—the right to vote, the right to our own earnings, equality before the law."

Lucy Stone, (1818-1893)
orator, abolitionist, and suffragist


"There is no life that does not contribute to history."

Dorothy West, (1907-1998)
novelist