20 Inspiring Quotes from Women Leaders


Give light and people will find the way. ~ Ella Baker ~


Leaders do not ask for the task, but are tracked down by the spirit of the times until it consumes them; they reach a point where they become the symbol of the disaffected and the movement swirling around them. ~ Coretta Scott King ~


When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafzai ~


I will urge you to transform, to find your voice and then work on your legacy. We can be so busy looking back that we miss what’s before us. ~ Dr. Charleyse Pratt ~


The decisions others make may impact your life, sometimes even in negative, heart-breaking ways. But their decisions don’t have the power to alter the essence of who you are. ~ Dr. Renita Weems


Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you. ~ Lilly Singh ~


Each of us has the right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise. ~ Maya Angelou ~


Have the courage of your convictions—no matter what the challenges are. And by all means, choose your battlefields. ~ Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ~


I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~ Rosa Parks ~


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 ~


If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. ~ Shirley Chisholm ~


Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. ~ Dr. Mae Jemison ~


Solidarity between women can be a powerful force of change and can influence future development in ways favourable, not only to women but also to men. ~ Nawal El Saadawi ~


I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. ~ Nora Ephron ~


Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. ~Wilma Rudolph ~


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~ Indira Gandhi ~


Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience. ~ Sonia Choquette ~


Good leaders inspire others to have confidence in their leader. Great leaders inspire others to have confidence in themselves. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~


Most people don’t realize that leadership is fundamentally about service, about dying to self and loving others into their true potential. ~ Binta Niambi Brown ~


If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also, that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped. ~ Melinda Gates ~


For more inspiring quotes from women leaders get my book “That’s What She Said! 366 Leadership Quotes By Women.”


  1. Ngobesing Romanus

    Great quotes . Well done!

  2. Lisa Brewer

    Jeanne porter king you are a very gifted Leader and inspirational Christian I pray to God that you could talk to my Daughter I have faith you can reach out to her .. Happy internal women’s Day .

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