10 Quotes from Female Authors to Inspire ChangeMakers


The presidential elections in the United States have unleashed a gamut of emotions that everyone, especially women, are feeling. I thought it may be an appropriate time to share noteworthy quotes from female authors of various backgrounds and over many generations that may inspire and encourage women to become changemakers.

The first quote, from Ayn Rand, is the one that stood out the most for me regardless of which side of the political spectrum one may be on.

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.” Ayn Rand

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Harper Lee

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker

“You are never stronger than when you land on the other side of despair.”  Zadie Smith

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou

“There are many victories worse than a defeat.”  George Eliot

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” Charlotte Brontë

“An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.” Margaret Atwood

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely.” Simone de Beauvoir

“Make a difference about something other than yourselves.” Toni Morrison

Mary Shelley wrote many, many years ago that “The beginning is always today” and we know that we have the power to change today and every day. Women are strong, women are fighters and women are changemakers. InspiredByMyMom.com invites you to make herstory and become a change-maker starting today. Tell us your story so that we can share it and inspire others.


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4 Responses to 10 Quotes from Female Authors to Inspire ChangeMakers

  1. heraldmarty says:

    All inspiring, but that quote by Maya Angelou has become the way I view the world around me and so far it’s held true to form. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Reba Linker says:

    I love this one, and know it to be true: “You are never stronger than when you land on the other side of despair.” Zadie Smith

    Great collection of quotes!

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  3. kimdalferes says:

    I have always loved “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” Maya Angelou. Word to live by.

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  4. Joyce Hansen says:

    What a great selection of quotes, Betty. In very simple and concise words they say volumes about how powerful the insights of women are.


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