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To celebrate Women’s History Month, here are some iconic quotes from important women in history!


Amelia Earhart (1987-1939)

The first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, receiving the United States 

Distinguished Flying Cross. 

Author and aviation pioneer 


“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” 

“…decide…whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying….” 

“As soon as we left the ground, I knew I had to fly.” 


Rosa Parks (1913-2005) 

American Civil Rights Activist


“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” 


“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” 


Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

Biggest female jazz artist in America


“If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” 

“I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.” 


Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Poet, singer, civil rights activist


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” 

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” 

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”   


Oprah Winfrey (1954- )

Talk show host, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”


“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” 

“Some women have a weakness for shoes… I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” 


Malala Yousafzai  (1997- )

Youngest Nobel Prize winner, and activist for women’s education.


“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” .

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?” 

“read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.”


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Pia is a first-year student at McGill studying International Development and Economics, and minoring in Arabic. She was born in London, England and grew up in Dubai and Beirut. She loves travelling, and her ideal destination is anywhere with a beach.
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