What Does It Mean To Be a Woman? – 25 Quotes On Womanhood

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Women in the 1920's

We searched high and low to find quotes that celebrate womanhood. Focusing on women from the past and the present we found some good ones. Only you can define who you are as a woman and the twenty-five quotes will help you do just that. Plus there are some feisty ones in there too. Have fun with this post and carry on.

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Taking Action

“Just trying to do something – just being there, showing up – is how we get braver. Self-esteem is about doing.”  Joy Browne

“Life’s a bitch … and then you change your attitude.”Jennifer Unlimited (Jennifer Lane)

“I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don’t go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move …” — Malala Yousafzai

Feeling Beautiful

“When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel beautiful.”Drew Barrymore

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” –  Steve Maraboli –

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”Amy Bloom

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Loving Your Body

Is fat really the worst thing a human being can be? Is fat worse than vindictive, jealous, shallow, vain, boring, evil, or cruel? Not to me. – JK Rowling

One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself.  –Gabourey Sidibe

How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!  –America Ferreira

“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.”  –Queen Latifah

Loving Yourself

“You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.” – Geneen Roth

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”Lucille Ball

Ignoring Other People’s Criticisms

“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and s*** to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will.” — Amy Schumer

Don’t you dare, for one second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.” ― Jo Blackwell

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”Oprah Winfrey
“Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself!”
Zig Ziglar

Are you sexy?

“Women are like ovens. We need 15-20 minutes to heat up.”Sandra Bullock

“Being sexy is all about attitude, not body type. It’s a state of mind.”Amisha Patel

“Being yourself is very sexy, you know?”Erin Heatherton

 “I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn’t and it really doesn’t have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips.”Sophia Loren

Now Go Be You!

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.”Louisa May Alcott
“Be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else.”Judy Garland
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” ~ Maya Angelou ~
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