Ten Inspiring Quotes from Ten Extraordinary Women

In celebration and recognition of International Women’s day, coming up on March 8th, we’ve chosen to showcase these powerful quotes by some of our favorite influential women. The words of these extraordinary women resonate deeply with us and our mission at Prosperity Candle.

“When war ends, women are the first to pick up the pieces. Where there is no market place, they go door to door. When homes are destroyed, mothers and daughters haul stones to rebuild or plow fields together.”

Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International and author of Between Two Worlds Escape from Tyranny: Growing up in the Shadow of Saddam

“Sometimes I imagine I’m going along and the Taliban stop me. I take my sandal and hit them on the face and say what you’re doing is wrong. Education is our right, don’t take it from us.”

Malala Yousafzai, 14 year old Pakistani activist committed to education and women’s rights

“Women offer unique contributions to making and keeping peace – and that those contributions lead to better outcomes not just for women, but for entire societies.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State

“After all, how can a society flourish, a country attain democracy and health, children grow into intelligent beings, sensitive to the needs of an ever more fragile and endangered planet, if half it’s people are kept out of the drivers seat?”

Alice Walker, feminist, activist, and author of The Color Purple

“The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.”

Susan B. Anthony, prominent American Civil Rights leader and women’s suffrage activist

“The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady, recognized for her human rights achievements

“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

Indira Gandhi, British Prime Minister of India, named “Woman of the Millennium” in a poll by the BBC in 1999

“When you bring consciousness to anything, things begin to shift.”

Eve Ensler, American playwright, feminist, and founder of VDay and the One Billion Rising movement

“We must find opportunities to make change happen – we must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.”

Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and former Chief of Staff to Hilary Clinton

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”

Tina Fey, feminist and powerful female role model in pop culture

We’ll be celebrating women all month long with our partners at Women for Women International and we encourage you to do the same! Check out our candles and gift sets that donate to Women for Women and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates!

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