5 Empowering Quotes From the World's Most Inspiring Women

Kelsey Clark
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Today marks International Women's Day—a global celebration of women and all that we have accomplished. While events both at home and abroad have threatened to undermine our strides towards equality, we're choosing to champion the visceral female voices that manage to rise above the fray.

The following five women all embody feminism in their own unique ways—from running for national office to using their platform to champion women's rights. More than that, they've helped shape the definition of feminism for the 21st century, evolving an age-old term that is now as inclusive as it is empowering. Below, soak in the five feminist quotes that will make you proud to be a woman—on International Women's Day and every day:

"To all of the little girls who are watching this, 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 in her 2016 Concession Speech

"Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are."

Beyoncé As Told to GQ

"When, at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn't want to appear 'muscly.' When, at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided that I was a feminist."

Emma Watson as told to HeForShe

"For everyone, men and women, it’s important to be a feminist. It’s important to have female characters. It’s wonderful for women to mentor other women, but it’s just as important for women to mentor men and vice-versa."

Mindy Kaling as told to Refinery29

"A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself."

Lena Dunham in Not That Kind of Girl Video Series

What empowering quotes would you add to this list? Share your thoughts with us below!

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