Today we honor the greatest aviation pioneer ever to live, and the best part is? It’s a lady!
To celebrate her life and positive influence to women all around the world, we decided to round up a few of our favorite quotes of the day by women we look up to.
These incredible, entrepreneurial women have paved the way for the next generation of trailblazers. Get ready for some major inspiration!
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
We agree, Eleanor. As a huge women’s rights activist, Eleanor Roosevelt was constantly pushed outside of her comfort zone and it payed off big time. She became one of the most influential women of her time and she didn’t do so by standing in the shadows.
Key Takeaway: Facing your fears is never easy but it simply has to be done for you to grow both personally and in your career. Go skydiving, take on a new project or ask a new connection out for coffee. Regardless of what it is, don’t stop pushing yourself to do better.
"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude." – Maya Angelou
Besides being an acclaimed author, actress and screenwriter, Maya Angelou was also a huge civil rights activist. She didn’t like aspects of the world around her so she set out to do everything she could to change that. Her message is clear—be a part of the solution or change the way you view it.
Key Takeaway: If you have the power to make the change, then stop complaining and do so. If you do not have the power to make the change then it’s time to change the way you approach the problem.
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“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Channel
Coco Channel had a huge influence on women’s fashion. At the time, she broke the social norms of stiff women’s clothing to comfortable and loose-fitting garments. She was and is an icon and she didn’t get there by beating down walls.
Key Takeaway: When asking around to see what exactly this quote meant to different people, I received a very wide range of answers. It’s one of those quotes that will really make you stop, think, and apply to your personal situation. Interpret it how you may, but the underlining theme to not waste your time with things you can’t fix and to move on is something we strongly agree with.
“One of the lessons I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.” - Michelle Obama
Michelle always has such wisdom to share with us all. As the creator of the Let’s Move, Joining Forces and Let Girls Learn campaigns, Mrs. Obama has stayed true to her goals while being the first lady. She has stayed true to herself in the midst of negativity.
Key Takeaway: With so many negative influences in the world, it can be hard to know what the right path for you is. At the end of the day if you stay true to who you are and not let others distract you then you’re doing things right.
"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." - Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright is a perfect example of not letting the world silence your voice as she was the first ever women to hold the title of the United States Secretary of State. Known for being headstrong, she was someone all women can look up to.
Key Takeaway: Your voice matters! Be bold, be clear and just be you.
"Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it, I should not lose hope." – Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has fought for women’s rights since before her adolescence. Even after the Taliban issued a death threat against her, she never backed down to fight for what she so strongly believed in.
Key Takeaway: You can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t lose hope.
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"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." – Amelia Earhart
Amelia was know for her remarkable talent and courage and certainly took every opportunity that came her way. This quote is the perfect symbol of her and her attitude.
Key Takeaway: If you want to accomplish a goal, go work for it. If you want to make a change, go make a change. Stop thinking, and start doing.
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