Some of those hit the hardest by poverty are women and girls. In the most impoverished areas, a higher level of gender inequality exists. Girls are less likely to go to school and complete their education, women are sold into sex slavery and marriage, and female infanticide is prevalent throughout very poor regions. As a result, it is important that we let women and girls know that they can change the world. They can put an end to poverty and they have the right to respect and a happy life.

Here are some quotes to remind women that they can succeed, no matter what their present situation is:

  • “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker
  • “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” -Roseanne Barr
  • “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult” – Charlotte Whitton
  • “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
  • “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” -Michelle Obama
  • “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”-Charlotte Brontë
  • “In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”-Octavia E. Butler
  • “Its not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”-Jon Krakauer
  • “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou.
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”- Anais Nin

The women mentioned clearly understand the power of self worth as a method to improve a woman’s outlook on her circumstances. The women living in the poverty-stricken parts of the world need us to believe in them and help them, so they can, in turn, believe in themselves.

Chelsea Evans

Sources: Marie Claire, Living Empowered, Goodreads


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