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Inspiring Quotes From Strong Women and Smart Leaders for Staying True to Yourself

March kicks off Women’s History Month, focusing the whole month to pay tribute to the many fearless leaders who paved the way for women’s rights as we know it today. Even though this is only officially recognized in the month of March, female empowerment and feminism are both things that should be celebrated every single day. As a woman, it can be overwhelming to stay true to yourself in today’s world filled with unrealistic expectations and standards to live up to. We all need the extra reminder sometimes that we are fearless and powerful. These quotes should help you feel like the leader and strong woman that you are.

Quotes to Inspire You to Become a (More) Powerful Woman

In a society where people can bring others down, it’s important that we, as women, lift one another up. Support from other women can go a long way in helping you reach your goals. These quotes serve as the catalyst for becoming the empowered woman that’s already living inside of you.

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

-Oprah Winfrey, Media mogul and philanthropist

“Be healthy and take care of yourself, but be happy with the beautiful things that make you, you.”

-Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Singer-songwriter and entrepreneur

"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it."

-Estée Lauder, Iconic makeup company founder

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”

-Audrey Hepburn, Legendary actress and humanitarian

“Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on the glass ceiling, focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.

-Ava DuVernay, Award-winning director

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“Women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.”

-Amelia Earheart, American aviation pioneer

“Most of the reason we don't do things is because we're afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not going to do things in my life because of fear.”

-Sara Blakely, CEO of SPANX

"You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness."

-Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion designer

"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one."

-Dolly Parton, Country music icon

"Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper."

-Julia Child, Chef, television host, and author

Staying True to Yourself

Setting boundaries is crucial for staying true to yourself and having the time for much needed self care. Hope is a huge advocate for self care and always shares her self care tips and tricks. Here are some tips for staying true to yourself and what your needs are:
  • Learn to say no
  • Put yourself first and don’t always go out of your way to please other people
  • Let go of the negative in your life
  • Learn how to truly express yourself

“We both have spent our entire lives since childhood manifesting what we have now. Words and what you think about matters. We both have the ability to manifest with our thoughts and have to remind each other of that power from time to time.”

-Hope Smith
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BAD MUTHAS Unite

Hope recognizes many women who embrace their roles as mothers and who are empowered through their roles each and every day. The BAD MUTHAS campaign celebrates all mothers and helps change the narrative of what it means to be a BAD MUTHA. Hope herself is a mother to four children and has received shame before on things she’s done in motherhood. All mothers have probably experienced it at one time or another but we’re here to tell you to embrace it! All mothers are BAD MUTHAS in their own way. Here’s some of their advice:

“Never forget why you started. That is your magic & what inspired you to do something different & blaze a new trail.”

-Annie Lawless, Founder and CEO of Lawless Beauty, and BAD MUTHA™

"Everyday do something to push the needle forward."

-Erica Dickerson, Global Beauty Director, Beautyblender and BAD MUTHA™

"Be a BAD MUTHA. Know one. Raise one. Be one. Support one.”

-Hope Smith, Founder & CEO of MUTHA™
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