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10 Quotes from Powerful Women to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Here are a few of our favorite female CEO quotes and strong businesswoman quotes

March is Women’s History Month, an observance and celebration of the essential role of women in American history. This collaboration between the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and US Holocaust Memorial Museum began in 1982 as "Women's History Week" and evolved into a month-long event in 1987.

To celebrate Women’s History Month with us and get some inspiration for your career, check out these quotes from powerful women and consider how you can apply their wisdom in your own life.


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“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive and Philanthropist

 “A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

 “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM


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“My best successes came on the heels of failures.” Barbara Corcoran, Businesswoman, Investor, and Author

 “Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo


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“Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.” Gail Blanke, President and CEO of LifeDesigns

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live."  Anne Sweeney, Former Co-chair of Disney Media

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of Lean In

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” Brené Brown, Author, Professor, and Speaker

“You have to follow your dreams and be true to yourself, even if that takes you down a less popular road.” Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls In Tech


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by: Natalie Winzer
March 05, 2020

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