Girl Power Quotes: Inspiring, Empowering Words

What it means to be a bold, powerful woman

These girl power quotes cover a wide range of thoughts, ideas and advice on what it means to be a strong woman. You’ll find thoughtful messages of inspiration and hope for all women, but especially for young girls looking for words of encouragement.

Girl power quotes to inspire and empower

These quotes cover empowering thoughts and advice from all types of role models, from Taylor Swift to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Use the menu below to jump to the different categories of girl power quotes:

  1. Famous quotes
  2. Women leaders
  3. Social media captions
  4. Empowerment
  5. Independence
  6. Words to live by
  7. Strong women

1. Famous quotes on girl power

Oprah success quoteForget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.
Oprah Winfrey

Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.
Taylor Swift

Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names… it was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.
Janelle Monáe

You can’t be afraid of what people are going to say, because you’re never going to make everyone happy.
Selena Gomez

There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.
Rihanna

I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.
Shonda Rhimes

I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.
Joan Rivers

If I help one person out with getting through the struggles that I’ve had, then I’ve done my job on this planet and this life.
Demi Lovato

Girl power quotes from famous artists, singers and movie stars

Taylor Swift fearless quoteI think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.
Taylor Swift

If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.
Katy Perry

I think beauty comes from knowing who you actually are. That’s real beauty to me.
Ellen DeGeneres

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
Madonna

You had the power all along, my dear.
Glinda, The Wizard of Oz

Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.
Taylor Swift

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
Emma Stone

Girls should never be afraid to be smart.
Emma Watson


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The best way to succeed is to discover what you love and find a way to offer it to others.
Oprah Winfrey

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
Audrey Hepburn

We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine better.
J.K. Rowling

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
Madonna

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint.
Oprah Winfrey

Popular artists and athletes on women’s empowerment

Mia Hamm running quoteMy coach said I run like a girl. And I said if he ran a little faster he could too.
Mia Hamm

When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super-sweet. And you have to be sexy… and you have to be nice. It’s like, I can’t be all those things at once: I’m a human being.
Nicki Minaj

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
Audrey Hepburn

Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.
Béyonce

Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.
Tina Fey

Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. Marilyn Monroe

I don’t need Prince Charming to have my own happy ending.
Katy Perry

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.
Bethany Hamilton

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Maya Angelou

Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we’re all alike.
Disney’s Princess Jasmine

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
Hellen Keller

2. Girl power quotes from women leaders

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg quoteWomen belong in all places where decisions are being made… it shouldn’t be that women are the exception.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.
Kamala Harris

Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
Nancy Pelosi

Women are always saying, ‘We can do anything that men can do’ but men should be saying, ‘We can do anything that women can do.’
Gloria Steinem

In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.
Sheryl Sandberg

If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Smart women leaders on breaking through the glass ceiling

Sotomayor quoteIn every position that I’ve been in, there have been naysayers who don’t believe I’m qualified or who don’t believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong.
Sonia Sotomayor

To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
Hillary Clinton

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.
Michelle Obama

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
Madeleine Albright

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going — let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have.
Hillary Clinton

Girl power = Women leaders

Girl power quotationWe cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.
Malala Yousafzai

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Margaret Thatcher

Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.
Sheryl Sandberg

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

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. Maya Angelou

Political and social leaders: thoughts on girl power

Strong woman quoteA woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.
Melinda Gates

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Part of the great challenge of living is defining yourself in your moment, of seizing the opportunities that you are given, and of making  the very best choices you can.
Hillary Clinton

A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are the real architects of society.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful. Eleanor Roosevelt

If you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew.
Disney’s Pocahontas

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women. Malala Yousafzai

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

3. Instagram and Pinterest girl power quotes

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Add these quotes to your social media to pump up the girl power! They are perfect to use as Instagram captions along with your most empowering photos.

I am a woman. What’s your superpower?

A woman is unstoppable after she realizes she deserves better.

Sometimes, it takes balls to be a woman.

Your voice matters.

And though she be but little, she is fierce.
William Shakespeare

To feel like a queen is as simple as believing you are one.

This girl can.

She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.

Other girls are not my competition. I stand with them, not against them.

Woman is the new strong.

Little girls with dreams become women with vision.

My life. My rules.

I am a strong woman because a strong woman raised me.

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

She’s a little sass and a lot badass.

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

You’re a diamond, dear. They can’t break you.

Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle.

More Instagram captions

Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.

A true friend is someone you can disagree with and still remain friends. For if not, they weren’t true friends in the first place.

And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.

Be your own hero.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.

Real queens fix each other’s crowns.

Our voices will change the world.

Act like a lady, think like a boss.

Stay classy, sassy, and a little bad assy.

A man does what he can, a woman does what a man cannot.

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.

It’s a girl’s world.

The future is female.

Fight like a girl.

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
Coco Chanel

Watch the queen conquer.

Believe in girl power.

If you have a dream, make it a goal.

One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.

She remembered who she was and the game changed.
Lalah Deliah

I’m an all powerful amazon warrior, not just some sniveling girl.
Ani DiFranco

Be the girl who decided to go for it.

Social media girl power captions

We rise by lifting others.

Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains.

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
Simone de Beauvoir

Make yourself heard.

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It’s about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart and a pretty soul.

There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.

Be a voice, not an echo.

Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.

You can’t get what you want just by wishing for it.
Disney’s Princess Tiana

Who runs the world? Girls!
Beyoncé

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
Katharine Hepburn

Here sleeps a girl with a head full of magical dreams, a heart full of wonder and hands that will shape the world.

4. Women empowerment quotes

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Women empowerment quoteThe question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

She wasn’t looking for a knight, she was looking for a sword.
Atticus

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
W.E.B DuBois

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
Diane Mariechild

If there is one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.
Beyoncé

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
Emma Stone

Whatever you do, be different. If you’re different, you will stand out.
Anita Roddick

The only power any man has over you is the power you give him.
Renee Ahdieh

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
Estée Lauder

Why can’t a girl be smart without it being explained away as a rare supernatural phenomenon?
Cat Winters

I love the person I’ve become because I fought to become her.
Kaci Diane

More girl power quotes to inspire and empower

Girl power quoteA girl should be two things; who and what she wants.
Coco Chanel

Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.
Tyra Banks

Just watch, all of you men. I’ll show you what a woman can do… I’ll go across the country; I’ll race to the Moon… I’ll never look back.
Edna Gardner Whyte

My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power.
Paulina Rubio

I may be small, I may be a girl, but I won’t be knitting by the fire while I have men fight for me.
Lyanna Mormont

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special, and loved, and perfect just the way you are. Ariel Winter

She’s like an earthquake in tiny human form, breaking apart anything and everything in her way.
Victoria Aveyard

The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.
Ashley Rickards

She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
Proverbs 31:25

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.
Coco Chanel

It is amazing what a woman can do if only she ignores what men tell her she can’t.
Carol K. Carr

Girls should be strong together. Strong like steel, merry like the tinkling of chimes dancing in the wind.
Kristin Halbrook

5. Girl power quotes about being independent

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Independent woman quoteThe woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
Mohadesa Najumi

A girl does not need anyone who does not need her.
Marilyn Monroe

Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Power to me is having the ability to make a change in a positive way.
Victoria Justice

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.
Shonda Rhimes

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.
Emma Stone

Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

Never let anyone try and make you into something that you’re not. Remember what it is that you want, and always stay strong in that.
Abigail Breslin

The best protection any woman can have… is courage.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Decide what you want. Believe you can have it. Don’t let anything get in your way.
Heidi Schulz

More words of women’s independence and strength

Women empowerment sayingWhen someone tells you that you can’t, turn around and say ‘watch me.’

Women hold all the power. They should use it like a whip, not offer it up like a sacrifice.
Tarryn Fisher

A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.
Rhonda Hansome

You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.
Tyra Banks

Astonishingly, not all girls get dressed just to please men.
Jojo Moyes

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

I’m going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life.
Elsie de Wolfe

Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!
Gabby Douglas

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.
Marilyn Monroe

Women do cry, sometimes meek and submissive. But once ignited or motivated; they are a lot stronger than men. Ces Peta

Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. Charlotte Whitton

6. Girl power quotes: words to live by

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Snow White quoteWhen the raindrops come tumbling, remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.
Snow White

Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power.
Shonda Rhimes

Act like barbie, smoke like Marley.
Julia Klassen

I ain’t no damsel in distress and I don’t need to be rescued.
Ani DiFranco

You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’
Erin MacKean

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Coco Chanel

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.
Melissa Etheridge

If you want them to stop using you STOP giving them something to use you for.
Sonya Parker

Life is tough my darling, but so are you.
Stephanie Bennett Henry

I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one.
Calamity Jane

What do you do when things go wrong? Oh! You sing a song.
Disney’s Snow White

For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious – or whatever we please. We are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.
Naomi Wolf

No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special and loved and perfect just the way you are.
Ariel Winter

More valuable words of advice

Girl power is about loving yourself and having confidence and strength from within, so even if you’re not wearing a sexy outfit, you feel sexy.
Nicole Scherzinger

A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.
Gina Carey

Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.
Liz Taylor

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be passionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.
Kavita Ramdas

The past can hurt, but the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.
Rafiki – Disney’s Lion King

Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. Marilyn Monroe

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
Martha Graham

Girl power in my mind is to let girls be exactly what they are. Let them be angry. Let them be resentful. And rebellious. Let them be hard and soft and loving and sad and silly. Let them be wrong. Let them be right. Let them be everything. because, they are everything.
Amy Sherman-Palladino

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Margaret Fuller

7. Strong women quotes and sayings

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Women leadership quoteWe need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.
Beyoncé

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.
Madonna

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.
Estée Lauder

I am not afraid of much. I kill all the spiders in my house, and I’m planning to go skydiving. I am into girl power, and I’m very self-sufficient.
Elizabeth Banks

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Coco Chanel

It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.
Taylor Swift

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
Maya Angelou

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.
Madame Marie du Deffand

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.
Oprah Winfrey

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott

More girl power quotes from strong women

I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.
Diane von Furstenberg

A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.
Nancy Rathburn

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.
Amelia Earhart

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.
Arianna Huffington

A girl is not a predictable book but is a closed diary
Ashadnan

If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?
Tina Fey

I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
Madonna

I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai

Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.
R.H. Sin

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling

More thoughts on strength and empowerment

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.
Marissa Mayer

Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.
Nora Ephron

I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.
Estée Lauder

Beautiful people are not always good but good people are always beautiful.
Imam Ali

If there is one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.
Beyoncé

If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.
Jackie Joyner Kersee

If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.
Oprah Winfrey

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Amelia Earhart

Being a girl doesn’t make you weak, Parker. It makes you special.
Ali Novak

People think at the end of the day a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me. Princess Diana

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