Get a Boost from These 48 Positive Quotes from Women

Jane Goodall speaking at The University of Missouri. Photo courtesy of Mark Schierbecker via Flickr

In the midst of a long work week, it can be tough to keep your spirits high and your positivity intact. But try not to let your circumstances get you down for too long—new beginnings may be here before you know it.

Until then, consult these 48 positive quotes from fellow women to add a little brightness to your life—or at the very least, to your work week. 

On ambition

    —, TV writer and producer and author

      —Lucille Ball, actress comedian, model, entertainment studio executive, and producer

        —Oprah Winfrey, media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist

          —Susan Cain, writer and lecturer

            —Tina Fey, actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright

              —Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter

                —Alice Walker, novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist

                  —Rosalynn Carter, activist and former First Lady of the United States

                    —Catherine Cook, entrepreneur 

                      —Eleanor Roosevelt, political figure, diplomat, activist, and former First Lady of the United States

                        —Amelia Earhart, aviation pioneer and author

                          —Ayn Rand, author and philosopher 

                            —Estée Lauder, business woman and cosmetics pioneer

                              —Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer

                                —Amy Poehler, actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director

                                  —Maya Angelou, poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist


                                  On Strength and self-love

                                    —Malala Yousafzai, activist, author, and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate

                                      —B. Smith, restaurateur, model, author, businesswoman, and television host

                                        —Laverne Cox, actress and LGBTQ+ advocate

                                          —, politician, diplomat, and the first female United States Secretary of State

                                            —Nora Ephron, journalist, writer, and filmmaker

                                              —Katie Couric, television personality, journalist, and author

                                                —Princess Diana, activist and former member of the British royal family

                                                  —Hoda Kotb, broadcast journalist, television personality, and author

                                                    —Emma Watson, actress, activist, and model

                                                      —Amy Schumer, comedian, actress, and writer

                                                        —Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women’s rights movement

                                                          —Byron Katie, speaker and author

                                                            —Meryl Streep, actress

                                                              ―Charlotte Brontë, novelist and poet

                                                                —Gabby Douglas, Olympic gymnast


                                                                  —Emma Stone, actress

                                                                    —Ariel Winter, actress

                                                                      —Demi Lovato, singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality

                                                                        —Edna Gardner Whyte, aviator and air racer

                                                                          —Oprah Winfrey, media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist

                                                                            —Indira Gandhi, Indian politician and first female prime minister of India

                                                                            On change

                                                                              —Dolly Parton, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian

                                                                                —Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist.

                                                                                  —Louise Hay, motivational author

                                                                                    —Mother Teresa, nun and missionary

                                                                                      —J.K. Rowling, author, film producer, television producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist

                                                                                        —Diane Sawyer, TV journalist 

                                                                                          —Anne Frank, writer and diarist

                                                                                            —Erma Bombeck, humorist

                                                                                              —Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer

                                                                                                —Alice Morse Earle, historian and author 

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