It’s International Women’s Day — here are 35 quotes from the strongest feminist voices around the world

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

The earliest celebration of International Women’s Day was in 1909. That year, the Socialist Party of America dedicated the day to honoring the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. Through the years, the day has been spent showing the progress that women have made as well as the progress women (and men) around the world are working towards.

This year, the day’s theme is #PressforProgress, a call-to-action for everyone to “press forward and progress gender parity.” International Women’s Day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. The International Women’s Day site says the theme is “a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.” With the momentum of women’s equality movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, a day to recognize women everywhere is more crucial than ever.

In support of International Women’s Day we’ve rounded up some of the most poignant quotes from some of the most well-known supporters of the gender equality movement:


Hillary Clinton: former Secretary of State, former New York Senator and 2016 Democratic nominee for President of the United States

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Emma Watson: actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

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Gloria Steinem: journalist and political activist

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Janelle Monáe: singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model

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Malala Yousafzai: humanitarian and youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate

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Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook, founder of LeanIn.org and author

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justice

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Cecile Richards: president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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Michelle Obama: former First Lady of the United States

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Jennifer Aniston: actress, producer, and businesswoman

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Betty Friedan: author of “The Feminine Mystique”

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Melinda Gates: co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Jessica Alba: actress, philanthropist and co-founder of The Honest Company

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Amal Clooney: barrister and philanthropist

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Whitney Wolfe Herd: founder and CEO of Bumble, co-founder of Tinder

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Lupita Nyong’o: actress and activist

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Meghan Markle: actress, humanitarian and future royal

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Bell Hook: author of “Feminist Theory”

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Dilma Rousseff: first female president of Brazil

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Oprah: media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

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Gal Gadot: actress and former Miss Israel

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Nancy Pelosi: Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives

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Ursula Burns: former CEO of Xerox, chairperson of VEON, senior advisor to Teneo, board member at Diageo and Uber

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Lena Waithe: actress, producer, and Emmy-award winning screenwriter

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Priyanka Chopra: actress, singer, film producer, philanthropist, and former Miss World

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Cheris Kramarae: author of “A Feminist Dictionary”

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Beyoncé: singer, songwriter and actress

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Cher: singer and actress

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Reese Witherspoon: actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur

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Lori Greiner: inventor, entrepreneur, and television personality

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Madeleine Albright: the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State

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Viola Davis: actress, producer, activist, and humanitarian

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Katie Couric: journalist and author

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Madonna: performer, businesswoman and philanthropist

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Coco Chanel: famed fashion designer and businesswoman

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