10 Quotes for International Women’s Day

According to the UN, International Women’s Day “is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality.” In Australia, the IWD theme for 2019 is ‘More Powerful Together’ – a message to inspire us today and every day that we are strongest when every member of our community is free to make their greatest contribution.

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“I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai

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“Does feminist mean a large unpleasant person who’ll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings? To me, it’s the latter, so I sign up.” – Margaret Atwood

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A journalist once asked Margaret Thatcher’s husband, Denis, “Mr Thatcher, who really wears the trousers in your house?”

“I do” he said. “I wear the trousers. And I wash and iron them, too.”

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“Well behaved women rarely make history” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Feminism is an endeavor to change something very old, widespread, and deeply rooted in many, perhaps most, cultures around the world, innumerable institutions, and most households on Earth—and in our minds, where it all begins and ends. That so much change has been made in four or five decades is amazing; that everything is not permanently, definitively, irrevocably changed is not a sign of failure.” – Rebecca Solnit

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“I am neither a man nor a woman but an author” – Charlotte Brontë

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“I find it poor logic to say that because women are good, women should vote. Men do not vote because they are good; they vote because they are male, and women should vote, not because we are angels and men are animals, but because we are human beings and citizens of this country.” – the character of Jo March in the film adaptation of Little Women

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“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.” – Michelle Obama

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

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“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” – Sheryl Sandberg