20 of the Most Inspiring Modern Quotes on Feminism

Mar 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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When you think of inspiring women in our current culture, who's the first to come to mind? Maybe it's the Silence Breakers, the women who weren't afraid to say, "Me Too" and share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. Or maybe it's Oprah Winfrey and her stirring Golden Globes speech in January.

Regardless of who your personal favorite is, these female role models have a few things in common: They stood up for what they believed in and weren't afraid to speak their minds — especially when it came to issues of gender equality and feminism. Now more than ever, we need to recognize these leaders and remember their words.

From gymnast Kyle Stephens, who, along with 155 other victims, bravely testified against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (who was ultimately convicted for decades of sexual abuse) to Hillary Clinton's 2016 concession speech that reminded "all the little girls who are watching" that they are valuable — here are 20 powerful quotes about feminism that will inspire and empower you.

1 /20: Jada Pinkett Smith

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1/20 :Jada Pinkett Smith

2 /20: Hillary Clinton

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2/20 :Hillary Clinton

3 /20: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey 2018 Golden Globes
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3/20 :Oprah Winfrey

4 /20: Beyoncé

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4/20 :Beyoncé

5 /20: Ellen DeGeneres

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5/20 :Ellen DeGeneres

6 /20: Karla Souza

Karla Souza feminism quote
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6/20 :Karla Souza

7 /20: Viola Davis

Viola Davis 2017 SAG Awards
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7/20 :Viola Davis

8 /20: Michelle Obama

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8/20 :Michelle Obama

9 /20: Kyle Stephens

Kyle Stephens at Larry Nassar trial
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9/20 :Kyle Stephens

10 /20: Mindy Kaling

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10/20 :Mindy Kaling

11 /20: Anne Hathaway

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11/20 :Anne Hathaway

12 /20: Emma Watson

Emma Watson 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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12/20 :Emma Watson

13 /20: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards
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13/20 :Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

14 /20: Nicole Kidman

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14/20 :Nicole Kidman

15 /20: Solange Knowles

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15/20 :Solange Knowles

16 /20: Gina Rodriguez

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16/20 :Gina Rodriguez

17 /20: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai at 'Meeting with Malala'
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17/20 :Malala Yousafzai

18 /20: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2018 Sundance Film Festival
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18/20 :Ruth Bader Ginsburg

19 /20: Amy Schumer

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19/20 :Amy Schumer

20 /20: Jaime King

Jaime King feminism quote
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20/20 :Jaime King