Navigating life as a woman is a unique experience and one that sometimes requires a high level of mental strength and resilience to get through. Despite advances in gender equality all over the world, many women do not receive the same advantages in society as men do, leading to infuriating situations and unfair treatment or can even go so far as to be dangerous. One of the best ways to respond to the continuing difficulties of being in this world as a woman is for women to support other women and to lead by example. Those in a better position than others can use their privilege to help those who are still struggling.

Many examples exist of female celebrities using their platform to boost the cause of women less fortunate than themselves. Athlete and professional poker player Fatima Moreira de Melo is a known advocate for the motivation and support of other women, using her platform to highlight the inequalities experienced by women all over the world. She actively supports the charity Right To Play to help those women and girls who do not enjoy the advantages that she does and speaks out on behalf of the gender equality movement.

Female friendship, there’s nothing like it

Hollywood starlet and leading lady from the Harry Potter franchise, Emma Watson, is well known for her women’s rights work. She became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and has since gone on to be involved in the HeForShe campaign, fair trade clothing initiatives and the education of girls in parts of Africa. She has been consistently and unapologetically vocal about speaking up for the causes she believes in, using her global reach to highlight issues to the world.

Perhaps one of TV’s beloved faces, Oprah Winfrey, has used her enormous influence to champion the cause of girls in Africa living without access to proper education. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa even received praise from Nelson Mandela! The school supports girls gifted academically and in natural leadership skills, allowing them to achieve their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. Oprah also uses her TV presence to bring light to issues right into people’s living rooms, forcing them to pay attention.

Working together, supporting each other

So, with all this great work going on across the world and women supporting women, let’s take a look at some quotes women can use to motivate themselves on a difficult day. They can also act as a message for a friend, family member or loved one in their time of need.

  • “Behind every successful man is a hardworking woman”
  • “Women can do everything that men do, except backward and in heels”
  • “Women: You must believe in yourself even if nobody else will”
  • “A woman’s intuition is a fail-safe measure”
  • “Women are the backbone of the world”
  • “Be true to yourself, and the rest will follow”
  • “Shape your future; it’s you that has to live it”
  • “Men may fear you, but that’s because they know you speak the truth”
  • “There is nothing a woman can’t do if she puts her mind to it”
  • “I am woman, hear me roar”
  • “All women have immense strength, but they use it so delicately”

A friendly word, a shoulder to cry on or an acknowledgment of somebody else’s frustration and pain can go a long way. If a woman you know is having a hard time, why not send her one of these quotes to let her know that she’s not alone. Such a simple act can have positive repercussions when it helps to build a strong sisterhood of female friendship and support.

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