It’s finally the greatest day of the year! No, not Christmas or your birthday — it’s International Women’s Day. Every year on March 8, the world comes together in support of women globally and shows their dedication to gender equality. That’s some seriously powerful stuff, y’all. So, keeping in the spirit on the most empowering day of the year for women and girls everywhere, we rounded up the best quotes from Hollywood’s finest ladies to truly make you ~feel like a woman~. Thanks for that one, Shania. Scroll through the gallery to read the most powerful quotes from Hollywood’s most badass women.
“Every woman has a right not only to independence and security but to live her life to the full and to express herself to the full, including through art and ideas as well as politics,” the legendary actress, 43, said during her keynote address at the Power 100 Women in Entertainment event in 2017.
“You don’t have to alter yourself to appease any type of patriarchal expectation of what you should look like. Always be in your strength, always use your voice and don’t let anyone make you quiet,” the Hunger Games actress, 20, said.
“We have a responsibility as women to reject this toxic drug in the air that makes us feel like the success of one woman can only come at the failure of another,” the 48-year-old comic said. “Not only is there room for all of us, but by raising each other up emotionally, artistically, in the workplace and all facets of life, we are doing something that ‘the man’ fears very much. We are becoming a force.”
“I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she’s worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything,” the 27-year-old singer said.
“Hollywood wants to make women so perfect. Perfect hair. Perfect job. Perfect manners … I know some of the most beautiful women, and they are so weird. That’s what makes them funny and captivating,” the 48-year-old comedian said.
Anyone else remember these classic words from the queen of rap? “When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do, but you have to be super sweet, and you have to be sexy, and you have to be this and you have to be that and you have to be nice, and you have to — it’s like, I can’t be all of those things at once. I’m a human being,” the 36-year-old said.
“I feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes,” the R&B songstress, 33, said.