They were female writers, painters, artists, women politically involved and deeply influencing the other women’s lifestyle. They share one thing: they are heroes whose words, despite the passing time, remain an inspiration and learning for us all. Here are seven astounding quotes full of beauty and strength.  

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

Simone de Beauvoir

It takes time to understand the meaning of these words and agree. It takes time to learn women how to build their daughters’ self-esteem. Becoming a self-confident, fulfilled woman is a long process during which we are watching our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and seeking in them the driving force for our self-development. Becoming a strong woman is what should make us proud every single day.

You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.

Jane Galvin Lewis

These words are truly important to me. We often blame feminists who fight for women’s rights and equality, of having an unfavorable attitude towards the men. This is one of the most harmful stereotypes. The worldview of a woman who wants equal rights and opportunities doesn’t mean fighting with men. On the contrary, it’s the attitude that aims to ensure discrimination doesn’t affect anyone. We all should know that women’s and men’s worlds are interwoven and can be a great source of support and inspiration for each other.

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.

Madeleine Albright

Strong words that were said by a strong woman that Madeleine Albright was. This eminent American diplomat always stood by women, and that was the attitude she considered as appropriate. She loved being a woman and successfully proved that women can succeed in the men’s world. She believed in women’s solidarity. I admire her and I’m still learning from her lessons.

Keep your heels, head and standards high.

Coco Chanel

Indeed, these words are powerful. They remind us, women, that we should take care of ourselves, be beautiful and bold. Coco Chanel knew how important the personal style is. Yet, it affects our behavior and attitude. We should have high demands on every aspect of our lives and remember to choose quality over quantity. We have the right to ask for the best.

Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are – you aren’t.

Margaret Thatcher

These words are so accurate that they don’t need a comment. In my opinion, they remind us one more thing. Although it can be difficult, we shouldn’t seek approval from outside, but in ourselves. There is no need to explain our behavior and choices to anyone. What is our true testimony is our actions – more than declarations, they represent our values and arouse respect.

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was an unbreakable woman. Although these words concern her work – the artist is known for self-portraits – they mean a lot more. It’s a genuine testimony of self-love. We have to put effort into knowing ourselves. It’s one of the most important things of a fulfilled life. Put yourself first, otherwise, you will become a victim of what happens to you. And yet, it’s not what you deserve.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

Eleanor Roosevelt

These words, once spoken, remain up-to-date. We all know this feeling: whatever you do, people still have something to say. What is the lesson? Always listen to your inner voice. Intuition is the source of your strength. Make sure that your choices correspond with your beliefs and are an integral part of yourself. Never believe in rumors and remember that you are the first and last person you should trust.