On International Women’s Day, we posted a video of some truly inspiring women – these are some of their words to inspire, to feel, to learn from.

“We all have to fight each and every day for equality, for a better life. It’s very important for everyone to step in, it’s not someone’s else job. That is the reason why I got into politics.” – Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland

“I really rebel against this idea that politics has to be a place full of ego and where you’re constantly focused on scoring hits against each one another. Yes, we need a robust democracy, but you can be strong, and you can be kind.” – Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand 

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.” – Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician 

“I have truly been inspired by the struggle and triumphs of so many women that dare to break new ground in all aspects of society, and those who have pushed the boundaries of human imagination.” – Christina Koch, NASA Astronaut

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” Anne Frank, Holocaust Diarist

“I am an independent person and I am no one’s pawn.” – Dr. Christine Blasey Ford- Professor & Survivor 

“We need young people with the courage to say, ‘This is our world now, and there are going to be some changes.” – Amal Clooney, Human Rights Lawyer

“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” – Great Thunberg, Environmental Activist

“In fact I need you to know it was all true. The friendly guy who helps you move and assists senior citizens in the pool is the same guy who assaulted me. One person can be capable of both. Society often fails to wrap its head around the fact that these truths often coexist, they are not mutually exclusive. Bad qualities can hide inside a good person. That’s the terrifying part.” – Chanel Miller, Writer & Survivor

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice

“So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall, Primatologist & Anthropologist

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” – Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer & Author

“We, indigenous peoples, use our resources in a way that promotes regeneration and regrowth. We preserve our cultural identity and we take care of the environment to ensure that future generations can peacefully and safely coexist with nature in the same way.” – Nina Gualinga, Climate & Indigenous Activist

“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, Comedian & Producer

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Businesswoman & Writer

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong…it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideas.” – Emma Watson, Actress & Women’s Rights Activist

“Wilderness is harder and harder to find these days on this beautiful planet, and we’re abusing our planet to the point of almost no return.” – Betty White, Actress & Comedian

“You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk. It helps to know that you can survive it. That’s an education in itself.” – Carol Burnett, Actress, Comedian & Writer

“No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her won way is without enemies.” – Daisy Bates, Civil Rights Activist & Publisher

“Our future lies with today’s kids and tomorrow’s space exploration.” – Sally Ride, NASA Astronaut & Physicist

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony, Social Reformer & Women’s Rights Activist

“It’s really important that young women be reminded that their involvement matters and that their voice is heard. Even if it feels like it’s small, it really can make an impact.” – Meghan Markle, Actress & Duchess

“Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.” – Althea Gibson, Tennis Payer & Professional Golfer

“Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.” – Grace Hopper, Computer Scientist & Navy Admiral

“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India