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7 Inspirational Quotes From 7 Inspirational  Women

Quotes are one of the most relatable tools we have; where someone can say something so inspirational, compassionate or profound they're able to change your own perspective and behaviour. Here are 7 inspirational quotes from 7 inspirational women.

1. Dian Fossey

“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate on the preservation of the future.”

Dr. Dian Fossey was a primatologist renowned for her work conserving Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park, Rwanda. This quote surmises Fossey’s recognition of the importance of preserving the natural world; that by fully understanding our place on this Earth in relation to nature will ultimately ensure its preservation.

2. Hellen Keller

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Hellen Keller was a deaf-blind author, lecturer and activist. Overcoming her condition Keller wrote several works and had a prominent hand in antimilitary and socialist activism and the US women’s suffrage movement. She was awarded the highest American civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her work. 

3. Emma Watson

“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

Appointed as a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson is one of the most recognised activists for feminism today. Watson advocates global equality and empowerment through education while challenging misconceptions about modern feminism. Feminism is too often misconstrued as a cause obliged to be anti-male but what feminism is, and always has been, is about simply achieving equality.

4. Marie Curie

"Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit."

Recognised by her incredible scientific work, Marie Curie was truly inspirational woman. Courageously venturing into the male-dominated field of science she was able to make significant discoveries and a lasting impact on scientific community. Curie was a pioneer for both women and science, furthering our understanding of the applications of radiation and being the first woman to win two Nobel prizes.   

5. Ellen DeGeneres

“I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.”

Comedian and Actor Ellen DeGeneres has become a household name in the US, hosting her talk show Ellen since 2003. DeGeneres has used this as a platform to advocate feminism, human rights, animal rights and LGBT awareness. After coming out as lesbian she initially faced discrimination in the media but has since become an avid campaigner for LGBT rights and is a spokesperson for the Coming Out Project. DeGeneres has also used her success to give to a multitude of charitable causes. She is a testament to love always overcoming hate.

6. Rebecca West

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat...”

Rebecca West started her literary career as a journalist publishing several feminist and anti-fascist essays. Once recognised, West entered the political scene as a notable suffragette campaigning for woman’s enfranchisement in the UK. She went on to write several novels and travel pieces with themes ranging from anti-war and socialism to Apartheid.

7. Aung San Suu Kyi

"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all."

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been campaigning for democracy in Myanmar since her party came to power replacing 50 years of military rule. Her efforts for peace have been recognised worldwide, receiving awards several awards including the Sahkarov Prize, Order of Australia and the US Congressional Gold Medal. The latest peace talks are happening this May.

If you're looking at volunteering and want more inspiration check out our Inspirational Quotes For Volunteers article.

By Thomas Phillips - Online Journalism Intern

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