Quotes that encourage you to take pride in your inner fire and passionate goals, with pearls of wisdom heralding a future of equality.

The past few years have spiralled into a global uprising on women empowerment. While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment this momentum truly picked it, we can recall several milestones from present-day working women, be it speaking up against the gender pay gap, shattering the glass ceiling, tackling imposter syndrome and striving for leadership roles.

Who can forget Emma Watson’s HeForShe message in 2014? “If not me, who, if not now, when,” the UN Goodwill Ambassador and British actress recited in a ground-breaking speech. “If you have similar doubts when opportunities are presented to you I hope those words might be helpful.”

Elsewhere in Hollywood, the spotlight on representation as well as equality are themes in the film Crazy Rich Asians, set by a league of independent characters like Rachel Chu and Astrid Leong-Teo.

Most recently, the #MeToo movement saw Hollywood actresses collectively taking down the culture of sexual harassment in the film industry. This encouraged women to unite, reclaim their rights and position that they deserve.

Celebrating International Women

Though gradual, these milestones have created a global domino effect: women are changing the Impossible narrative with an ‘I’m Possible’ attitude.

Which brings us to Evolcare’s theme for International Women’s Day: That we can accomplish anything if we put our minds to it, no matter our gender.

By reframing attitudes and finding confidence, women can turn their dreams into reality. It starts with a wish and ambition.

Gender equality is slated to take a front row seat this decade. For this year’s International Women’s Day, take a look at the influential women who’ve risen above the ranks, with quotes that left lasting impressions.

10 Powerful Quotes to Enrich Your Feminist Mind

“I’m basically a feminist. I think that women can do anything they decide to do.”

Grace Kelly, the American actress who rose to fame in the 1950s, became Princess of Monaco in 1956. Known for her elegant beauty, Grace Kelly lived the fairy tale dream but never let anyone dictate her style and personality.

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“If you read a lot of Chinese literature, there has always been very strong women figures – warriors, swordswomen – who defended honor and loyalty with the men. So, it’s not new to our culture – it’s always been very much a part of it. It’s good that now the Western audience would have a different image of the Chinese women.” – Dato’ Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian beauty queen turned global film star. Her representation of Asians is often complemented with appreciative references of Asian women’s fighting spirit.

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“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles” – Audrey Hepburn, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s actress and humanitarian, paved the way for women during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her unique style is recognised on the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

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“I think you just have to appreciate who you are and hopefully they can see what a superhero is about.” A prominent Asian face in the film industry, Lucy Liu’s rise to fame from a humble Asian American background is highly relatable. Lucy’s performances alongside Caucasian A-listers are truly inspiring.

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“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” — Serena Williams, American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women’s single tennis, is often referred to as the reigning queen of the court for her unfaltering strength and confidence.

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“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” – The late Princess Diana, is nicknamed ‘the people’s Princess’ for her selfless and benevolent actions. Bold and self-governing, she chose not to let her life be dictated by royal protocol.

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“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” – Former First Lady Michelle Obama and writer, has used her influence to reach out to young girls, career-driven young people, working mothers and black women.

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“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood sex symbol, revelled in her femininity and never apologised for her beauty. She embraced it and inspired women to do the same too.

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“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” Sheryl Sandberg, the epitome of girl boss, is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook since 2008, helping it achieve billions of dollars in profit in 2018. She is ranked #18 on the Power Women 2019 list in Forbes.

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“Girls are stronger in numbers. So yes, I believe girls should stick together whenever possible.” – Karlie Kloss, the supermodel extraordinaire, doesn’t just shine on the runway. She’s also the founder of Code with Klossy, a free two-week summer program for teenage girls on coding and computer science.

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Be the Boss

In essence, Evolcare wants every female to know that there’s no end of the road to their aspirations and ambitions. It doesn’t have to be International Women’s Day for women to realise their untapped potential. If ever you need a push in the right direction, find your strength in the daily accomplishments. That burning drive you possess? It is the foundation to becoming the boss of your dreams.

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