Happy International Women’s Day. Today we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

To mark this occasion, below are quotes by women including a few from some of our Human Rights Award People’s Choice nominees. (Remember, voting is open now until March 19, 2012 @ 5pm so go online to vote for your human rights hero OR nominate your own.)

A good quote can inspire you. Some give you goose bumps. Others clarify the complicated or challenge your thinking. Some just make you feel good inside.

Here are a few I picked out in honor of International Women’s Day:

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ~Maya Angelou

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.” ~Martina Navratilova

One’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into action… which bring results.” ~ Florence Nightingale

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” ~Virginia Woolf

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” ~Janis Joplin

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.” ~ Golda Meir

Quotes by Human Rights Award People’s Choice Nominees

Never say there’s no hope. Hope disappears only when you say there’s no hope.” ~Asmaa Mahfouz

They call me hard headed, (but) I’ve never lost faith or hope.” ~Semeiyan Lulu Mashua

I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds. Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change.” ~Somaly Mam

Profit is not necessarily measure(d) in dollars, yen, baht or pounds, but in the amount of good you have done in the lives of others. What’s your currency worth to you?” ~Alezandra Russell

“I think we have to rethink the concept of “leader.” ‘Cause “leader” implies “follower.” And, so many– not so many, but I think we need to appropriate, embrace the idea that we are the leaders we’ve been looking for.” ~ Grace Lee Boggs


  • Do you have a favorite quote by or about women? Share away in the comments section.
  • Don’t forget to vote for your human rights hero. You’ve got less than 2 weeks to nominate and vote. Why not do it right now?