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All month long, Global Grind celebrates and honors the women warriors, who continue to inspire us. This Women’s History Month, check out our favorite quotes to live by from ten of history’s most resilient women inside.

With the world in unprecedented times (fighting the ongoing battles of systemic racism, war, inflation, world tragedies, abortion access, and so on),  we need words of strength more than ever. When it comes to staying strong, fighting back, and overcoming adversity, women of color (Black women, especially) are the experts on the topic. No group of people are more equipped to offer the motivation we need currently. Knowing that, we gathered quotes to live by from ten of history’s most famous and resilient figures.

From Sybrina Fulton, who lost her son Trayvon Martin in the senseless murder that prompted the Black Lives Matter movement, to actress, activist, and author Gabrielle Union, there’s a little something to inspire everybody. We want to take this time to thank the strong women in our lives who continue to see us through and who show up when we’re at our most vulnerable, personally and as a country.

Happy Women’s History Month!

1. Congresswoman Maxine Waters

2018 Essence Festival New Orleans


“Approval does not always have to come from others. Other people’s opinions do not make you and the opinions of men do not determine who you are.”

2. Actress, social activst, and author Gabrielle Union


“An empress does not concern herself with the antics of fools.”

3. Author, activist, and mom Sybrina Fulton

Beyonce's 'Lemonade' on HBO.


“At first, I didn’t want to be the voice for Trayvon after he died but I decided I have no choice. Now, I’m called to act, and called to serve, it became clear to me there’s an opportunity to turn our family’s tragedy into something positive for many other families.”

4. Forever First Lady Michelle Obama

52nd NAACP Image Awards


“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

5. Jazz pioneer Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday


“The difficult, I’ll do right now. The impossible will take a little while.”

6. Women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai partners with Apple


One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

7. 20th Century painter and icon Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo


“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

8. Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou


“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.”

9. Author Toni Morrison

Author Toni Morrison


“You wanna fly… you’ve got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”

10. Abolitionist and champion of women’s rights Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth


“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.”