Powerful quotes from female CEOs and disruptors in their industries

7 March 2019
By Fashion Quarterly

Who run the world? Girls. Women.

There is no time like the present to make your voice heard as we forge on for women’s rights — the future is female after all. But sometimes, we can lose our energy, our confidence and our steam to carry on, which is why it’s more important now more than ever to build each other up to carry us through these moments.

Whether you’re feeling a bit worse for wear, seeking something impactful to tattoo onto your skin, or are simply in search of a sign, there really is no end to the inspiration felt from words expressed by those who motivate us in life. Whatever you need, take it from the wise words of female disruptors across the world to get you through.

Scroll for powerful quotes on life, being a female and being a leader from inspirational CEOs and industry disruptors below:  

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 “I think that women have a unique talent of being able to see the forest and the trees at the same time. We’re able to sort of see the bigger picture and see the vision, but also see the unique things that are happening and be able to fix it.”

Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

“[My mother] told me that fear was not an option. I was always told that women are stronger, so I believed it.”

Diane Von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer


Left to right: Diane Von Furstenberg and Amy Cuddy

“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Nominee, 2016.

“No matter how senior you get in an organization, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing, your job is never done.”

Abigail Johnson, President and CEO, Fidelity Investments

“The mere fact of being able to call your job your passion is success in my eyes.”

Alicia Vikander, Award-Winning Actress

“The way you tell your story to yourself matters.”

Amy Cuddy, Researcher at Harvard Business School and Author of Presence


Left to right: Michelle Obama and Gloria Steinem (Right)

“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.”

Tory Burch, Fashion Designer

“I had two options. One was to remain silent and never to speak and then to be killed by the terrorists. The second option was to speak up for my rights and then die. And I chose the second one.”

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Gloria Steinem, Journalist and Activist

“Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Always be cultivating a support network so that when you stumble — and you will — they’ll be there to catch you.”

Claire Wasserman, CEO & Founder of Ladies Get Paid

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Left to right: Adele and Malala Yousafzai

“Be brave and fearless to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason.”

Adele, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

“You have to follow your dreams and be true to yourself, even if that takes you down a less popular road.”

Adriana Gascoigne, CEO & Founder of Girls In Tech

“There will be plenty of times where being a woman is probably not helping your career, so when it does, take the opportunity and then stand out. Really show that you’re something special.”

Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture North America


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