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It’s March 2012, National Women’s History Month. Let’s celebrate and get fired up by these encouraging empowering motivational quotes by women. The journey was long and arduous because of political ploys.

From 1980 until 1987, with the help of volunteers from the private sector, educators and women’s organization, The National Women’s History Project, took on the yearly challenge to lobby for this landmark event. It began as Women’s History Week and by 1984, 14 states had declared March as Women’s History month. In 1987 Congress, finally, declared March National Women’s History month in perpetuity.

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Motivational quotes are antioxidants of the mind. Feed you mind daily ~ Adalia

Beloved Maya Angelou, the grande dame

She knows a thing or two about rising up from the ashes to embrace life and live out loud.  When I read her bio, I thought, ” She has lived and still lives, on so many levels, a full and rich life. The quote below is an example of how she does not live her life. We should all follow her example … she defines SUCCESS on her terms.  

Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.

A Woman in harmony with her spirit
is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination
prepared to be herself
and only herself

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.

Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives.

Ritie, don’t worry ’cause you ain’t pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.

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.

The controversial and engaging Roseanne Barr

She loves to stir things up – I do believe she likes that element of surprise, you never know what’s going to come out of her mouth.  She, too, has defined success on her terms.

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there’s my personal favorite, the male ego.

As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I’ve done my job.

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.

There’s a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there’s a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect.

The incomparable Whoopi Goldberg

She has broken through so many glass ceilings, I have lost count:  gender glass ceiling, race glass ceiling, hair texture glass ceiling, body image glass ceiling, education glass ceiling, whew! Ms. Goldberg, success defined on your terms.

When I listen to these women, it makes what I thought were my hard knocks feel like little nudges.

When I started, I knew I didn’t fit any visual that anyone was going to lie down and take their clothes off about. Work doesn’t come to me; I go out and look for it.

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And it’ll become like a wildfire.

An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor, I can play anything.

I am an artist, art has no color and no sex.

I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said, you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That’s exactly what I’ve done.  I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.

I’m fighting the label of “Black” actress simply because it’s very limiting in people’s eyes, especially people who are making movies.

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.

The soulful Marianne Williamson

she speaks from the spirit and sends enlightening bubbles that tickle and hold your attention.
Women are still in emotional bondage as long as we need to worry that we might have to make a choice between being heard and being loved.

A queen is wise. She has earned her serenity, not having had it bestowed on her but having passer her tests. She has suffered and grown more beautiful because of it. She has proved she can hold her kingdom together. She has become its vision. She cares deeply about something bigger than herself. She rules with authentic power.

When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.

To be a princess is to play at life. To be a queen is to be a serious player…The purpose of life as a woman is to ascend to the throne and rule with heart.

When a woman conceives her true self, a miracle occurs and life around her begins again.

The intuitive and practical Eleanor Roosevelt

the woman of wisdom who inspires you to armor yourself with confidence and have a purpose that is bigger than you.

A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…you must do the thing you think you cannot do.

You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you’ve become yourself.

More pearls of wisdom

All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. ~ Julie Andrews

We must change in order to survive. ~ Pearl Bailey

I’ve never had a humble opinion in my life. If you’re going to have one, why bother to be humble about it? ~ Joan abez

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.~ Lauren Bacall

You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do. ~ Betty Carter

Yes, it’s a man’s world, but that’s all right because they’re making a total mess of it. We’re chipping away at their control, taking the parts we want. Some women think it’s a difficult task, but it’s not. ~ Cher

Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him. ~ Marlene Deitrich

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within — strength, courage, dignity.~ Ruby Dee

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~ Phyllis diller

How strange when an illusion dies, it’s as though you’ve lost a child.~ Judy Garland

Where there is woman there is magic.~ Ntozake Shange

I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel. ~ Elizabeth Arden

Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.~ Diana Ross

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking. Joan Rivers

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.” ~ Gilda Radner

There’s always something to suggest that you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.~ Phylicia Rashad

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.~ Miriam Makeba

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can — and surely will at times — fail. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk. Dr.Brothers

It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special. It is this need that can bring out the best in us, yet the worst in us.~ Janet Jackson

I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.~ Whitney Houston

Never dull your shine for somebody else. ~Tyra Banks

 I’m not afraid of my femininity and I’m not afraid of my sexuality. ~ Goldie Hawn

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.  ~Sally Field

Success comes in cans, not cant’s.  ~Author Unknown

Put your future in good hands – your own.  ~Author Unknown

Don’t live down to expectations.  Go out there and do something remarkable.  ~Wendy Wasserstein

I am not a has-been.  I am a will be.  ~Lauren Bacall

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around. ~ Oprah

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.  ~Mary Kay Ash

You made it to the end I appreciate your visit and I hope you were fired-up by one or more of these quotes.  Please share your favorite quote in the comment section below. By the way, Facebook mentions and Re-tweets always make me smile:-) Thank you!

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