Celebrated every March, Women’s History Month serves as a reminder of the many contributions females make to society. Plus, they have some fantastic advice too. Here’s are five of our favorite motivational quotes from inspiring women.
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”
– Estée Lauder
Josephine Esther Mentzer Lauder was born in Queens, New York to a family of Jewish immigrants. After years of selling beauty products on her own, she officially formed Estée Lauder Cosmetics in 1946. Lauder eventually became the richest self-made woman in the world. She understood hard work is an essential ingredient to success.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
This statement was attributed to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt after an incident in which the Secretary of Labor was snubbed. Roosevelt clarified a snub as “the effort of a person who feels superior to make someone else feel inferior. To do so, he has to find someone who can be made to feel inferior.” In her wisdom, Roosevelt encourages all of us to take control of our own story. The comments or actions of others don’t need to negatively impact us or damage our self-esteem.
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as ‘making a life.’”
– Maya Angelou
Often, we get caught up in careers and schedules, and money. And suddenly, we realize we have forgotten about the truly important things. Civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author Maya Angelou reminds us to pay attention to our overall life too. After all, this is how we reach our full potential.
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”
– Dolly Parton
Growing up poor in rural Appalachia, country music icon and actress Dolly Parton certainly paved her own way. Parton recognized at an early age that sometimes things don’t go your way. However, rather than bemoaning your bad luck, you need to change, to pivot, or even to start over.
“You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.”
– Kamala Harris
The first female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, remembers these words from her mother. Harris claims this statement guides her life because breaking barriers isn’t just about the accomplishments of a single person. As Harris points out, “As much as anything else, it is also to create that path for those who will come after us.”
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