"We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.​" -- Malala Yousafzai

Today, women are more empowered than ever. They have been working on this for a long time -- women can vote, drive, work, make and have their own money because of strong women and their perseverance through adversity and their desire to be a catalyst for positive change.

Here are 17 very important words from some truly amazing women.

1. "Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create." -- Oprah Winfrey

2. "I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that." -- Melinda Gates

3. "The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Ayn Rand

4. "A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want." -- Madonna

5. "I did not have the most experience in the industry or the most money, but I cared the most." -- Sara Blakely

6. "Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come." -- Ellen Degeneres

7. "I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That's my life motto." -- Demi Lovato

8. "Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then." -- Diana Ross

9. "Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for." -- Jennifer Lopez

10. "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." -- Rosa Parks

11. "Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." -- Lucille Ball

12. "If we march the long road to freedom in hatred, what we find at the end is not freedom but another prison." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

13. "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends." -- J.K. Rowling

14. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

15. "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." -- Beyoncé

16. "I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind learning." -- Amy Poehler     

17. "You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own." -- Michelle Obama           

Published on: Aug 29, 2018
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