As a woman, you may feel lost trying to navigate a male-dominate society. How do you continue to chase your dreams when you get stepped on? How do you stay strong and motivated? Can females really achieve their goals in modern society? Yes, they absolutely can!

From authors and athletes, activists and leaders, actresses and pop culture icons – these women are not afraid to speak their minds and are great examples of inspirational female power. These noteworthy women are great role models that can help spark motivation in you to become the strong person you were meant to be. These amazing women chased their dreams, followed their heart, and have changed the world for the better because of it.

These quotes will help inspire you to cultivate your strength as a woman, too.

"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I’ll rise." — Maya Angelou

"Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you." — Hillary Clinton

“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” — Billie Jean King

"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

"I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship." — Mary Louise Alcott

“You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.” — Katie Couric

“If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” — Margaret Thatcher

“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” — Susan Cain

“Hold your head and your standards high even as people or circumstances try to pull you down.” — Tory Johnson

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

"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

"I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear." — Rosa Parks

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." — Dolly Parton

"We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." — Whoopi Goldberg

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” — Marge Piercy

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel

"The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me." — Ayn Rand

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” — Sonia Sotomayor

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

“No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.” — Martha Beck

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.” — Susan B. Anthony

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” — Beyoncé Knowles Carter

“It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith.” — Emma Watson

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” — Harper Lee

“We need to start work with the idea that we’re going to learn every day. I learn, even at my position, every single day.” — Chanda Kochhar

“This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.” — Diana Nyad

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.” — Jodie Foster

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” — Erica Jong

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” — Lucille Ball

“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” — Shonda Rhimes

Being a strong and independent woman can feel difficult in today’s society. However there are amazing examples of tough woman out there that are encouraging females everywhere to stand up for themselves, chase their dreams and become the best person they can be. Take inspiration from these strong and notable influences to help give you the motivation to stand up strong.

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