"I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century".
"You just have to keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting".
Diane von Furstenberg
"I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life - and I became that woman".
"I never want to be called the funniest Indian female comedian that exists. I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to self-categorize myself into a smaller group than I'm able to compete in?"
"Maybe I don't take myself so seriously any more. And I don't care how I'm judged. I'm past all that."
Janelle Monae "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."
"Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention. But you have to get there."
"I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn't easy - it took me a while."
"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 leading."
"This year women learned that if we aren't at the table, we're on the menu."
"I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest."
"You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself."
"I am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass."
"Women hold all the power. They should use it like a whip, not offer it up like a sacrifice."
"These days, I strive to be a bitch, because not being one sucks. Not being a bitch means not having your voice heard."
"People call me a feminist whenever I express statements that distinguish me from a doormat."
"There are some people who still feel threatened by strong women. That’s their problem. It’s not mine."
Simone De Beauvoir
"I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself."
"It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men."
"Never limit yourself because of others'
limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination."
"You can not shake hands
with a closed fist."