“That’s what she said” is often used in popular culture as a light-hearted sexual joke, but those who say it often are not aware that they are reducing a woman’s words down to her sexuality.
There are women whose actions have affected our lives and whose words are empowering for women everyone. To change the connotation of “that’s what she said” and to celebrate International Women’s Day, enlighten yourself with the following quotes from 10 powerful and inspiring women who have enacted social change for the betterment of others’ lives.
That’s what she said:
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafazi
“If a country doesn’t recognize minority rights and human rights, including women’s rights, you will not have the kind of stability and prosperity that is possible.” — Hillary Clinton
“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” — Madeleine Albright
“As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.” — Angela Davis
“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
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” — Maya Angelou
“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” — Beyonce
“I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.” — Melinda Gates
“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” — Indra Nooyi
“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” — Michelle Obama