These 31 Women’s History quotes will inspire, educate, and empower your team! We’ve included one quote for each day of Women’s History Month 2022. You’ll find quotes on success, defying society’s expectations, living courageously, and more.
Women’s History Month 2022 is coming up in March. This is a time to celebrate and honor women and people who identify as women.
Your team can celebrate all month long by sharing these quotes on your company’s social media, in e-newsletters, or in a special Slack channel devoted to the occasion.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate Women’s History Month with your team? Check out our “She Innovates!” virtual experience – available for a limited time only in late March 2022!
TLDR: in this list, you’ll find:
- Empowering quotes for Women’s History Month
- Women’s History Month quotes on success, feminism, courage, and more
- FAQ: What is Women’s History Month? – and more
- The history of Women’s History Month
- Ideas to celebrate Women’s History Month 2022 at work
Women’s History Month Quotes on Feminism and the Power of Womanhood
- “I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
– Malala Yousafzai
2. “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
– Audre Lorde
3. “If any female feels she need anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.”
– Bell Hooks
4. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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5. “The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society.”
– Coretta Scott King
6. “Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.”
– Shonda Rhimes
Women’s History Month Quotes on Courage, Persistence, and Determination
7. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
– Oprah Winfrey
8. “With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That’s what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don’t want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying.”
– Serena Williams
9. “To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.”
– Taylor Swift
10. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
– Brené Brown
11. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
– Sara Blakely
12. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every minute of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
Women’s History Month Quotes on Success
13. “Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.”
– Vera Wang
14. “I only began to sing because I couldn’t get a job as an actress.”
– Barbra Streisand
15. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
– Dolly Parton
16. “You have to make your own luck. You make it in practice and with training and conditioning.”
– Simone Biles
17. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie
Women’s History Month Quotes on Defying Society’s Expectations
18. “Females are the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are.”
– Alicia Keys
19. “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
20. “I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.”
21. “I think transwomen, and transpeople in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you’re supposed to be to live a more authentic life.”
– Laverne Cox
22. “My mother always used to say, ‘The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.'”
– Betty White
23. “I’m not here to be perfect and I’m not here to be anything but my best, whatever that means for me.”
– Jennifer Lopez
24. “It actually doesn’t take much to be considered a difficult woman. That’s why there are so many of us.”
Women’s History Month Quotes on Change & Transformation
25. “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
– Michelle Obama
26. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou
27. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
– Carol Burnett
Women’s History Month Quotes on Getting Through Hard Times
28. “You are not supposed to be happy all the time. Life hurts and it’s hard. Not because you’re doing it wrong, but because it hurts for everybody. Don’t avoid the pain. You need it. It’s meant for you. Be still with it, let it come, let it go, let it leave you with the fuel you’ll burn to get your work done on this earth.”
– Glennon Doyle
29. “In my life, I had come to realize that, when things were going very well, indeed, it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful “break” was apt to lurk just around the corner.”
– Amelia Earhart
30. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
– Mother Teresa
31. “All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it by what you do.”
– Pema Chödrön
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Your Team
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During this engaging virtual session, your team will hear the untold stories of female inventors, artists, and leaders from the 1800s to the present day. A highlight of this experience are the live character guides based in the 1800s and 1900s. The guides are similar to live characters you would encounter in Colonial Williamsburg. (We promise, this session won’t be cheesy or eye-roll inducing!)
Your team will be amazed by similarities and differences faced by female inventors over the past three centuries. Moreover, you’ll learn about the ingenuity and perseverance of female inventors. For example, hear about the inventor of Kevlar, the paper bag folding machine, and much more.
This unique virtual event is NOT a lecture, but an immersive and interactive experience that showcases the triumph of female invention. It is a unique celebration of Women’s History Month.
Learn more and book your “She Innovates” session for Women’s History Month!
Gift Feminist Treat Boxes & Support Women-Owned Small Businesses
During Women’s History Month, gift your team members a beautiful box of unique gifts. We curate our Empower Gift Boxes with thoughtful items from female owned and BIPOC-owned small businesses. Perfect for celebrating women’s history or year-round birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other milestones.
Choose from 3 different Empower Gift Boxes:
- Feminist Foodie Box: filled with delicious food treats, featuring images of iconic women!
- Empower RBG Box: celebrate the memory of your favorite SCOTUS judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with a box of gifts honoring her legacy.
- Empower Frida Box: tap into your creativity with a box celebrating Frida Kahlo.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Women’s History Month
What is Women’s History Month?
Women’s History Month is a time to honor and recognize the achievements of incredible women throughout history. Additionally, this is a time to recognize the ways in which women and women’s rights have been suppressed. Finally, Women’s History Month is a time to push forward toward further equity and celebrate the women and girls who are leading us into the future.
When is Women’s History Month?
Women’s History Month is celebrated in March. For an easy way to remember what month is Women’s History Month, just think of the Women’s March.
Where is Women’s History Month celebrated?
Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
In Canada, Women’s History Month is celebrated during October. That’s because October corresponds with Persons Day on October 18. This holiday commemorates the day in 1929 when Canada’s highest court formally decided to include women in the legal definition of “persons.”
Additionally, many people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.
How did Women’s History Month begin?
Women’s History Month stems from International Women’s Day, first celebrated on March 8, 1911. Decades later the local school district in Sonoma, CA celebrated Women’s History Week in 1978.
Shortly after, in 1979, several organizations celebrated and advocated for Women’s History Week together: Sarah Lawrence College, the Women’s Action Alliance, and the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8, 1980, as Women’s History Week, by presidential proclamation. In the following years, Congress passed joint resolutions proclaiming Women’s History Week.
Then, in 1987, Congress passed Pub L 100-9, which officially designated March 1987 as the first Women’s History Month. Since then, Presidents from 1988 onward have all made an annual proclamation of Women’s History Month.
What is the theme for Women’s History Month 2022?
The Women’s History Month theme for 2022 is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme recognizes the many ways in which women have provided healing and hope to humanity for countless generations.
Additionally, this theme brings to mind the many ways in which women are currently overburdened with caretaking duties and in need of relief.
Looking for more Women’s History Month ideas for your virtual team? If so, explore our guide: 16+ Virtual Ideas for Women’s History Month.