22 Inspirational Quotes From Famous American Women

When you search the keyword, “inspirational quotes” in Google, the first result is a Forbes article titled, “Top 100 Inspirational Quotes“. Of those 100+ quotes, only a quarter of them are from women.

Some of these quotes are from the likes of: Mark Twain, Napoleon Hill, Michael Jordan and John Lennon. Of course you’ll find a couple of former U.S. presidents sprinkled in between. But a majority of these sayings come from men. Why is that?

So I did some research and found this article that was composed in honor of Women’s History Month (March) highlighting some quotes from prominent American women.

Here are 22 inspirational quotes from famous American women for you to pin on Pinterest.


Best known for her novel “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott wrote under numerous aliases instead of her real name until she was ready to commit to writing. (Photo: Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association/Orchard House)


Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is the first non-fiction best-seller by an African-American woman.(Photo: Dwight Carter)


Lucille Ball was best known for her role in the TV show ‘I Love Lucy.'(Photo: KINO)


Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, was first lady of the United States from 2001-2009.(Photo: Rick Diamond, Getty Images, for GJ Memorial)


Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was the 67th secretary of State.(Photo: Mandel NGan, AFP/Getty Images)


Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.(Photo: PRN)


Judy Garland’s most celebrated role was Dorothy in the film “The Wizard of Oz.”(Photo: Warner Brothers)


Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars, a record for acting awards.(Photo: Vandamm Studio)


Jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday’s voice made her unique.(Photo: Herman Leonard)


When the help of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller overcame being blind and deaf to become a prominent educator and internationally respected humanitarian.(Photo: AP via Thaxter P. Spencer Collection, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society-Boston)


Between 1961-1979, professional World Champion tennis player Billie Jean King won a record 20 singles and doubles Wimbledon titles.(Photo: Brad Barket, Getty Images, for Women’s Sports Foundation)


Actress Marilyn Monroe is still one of the world’s most famous sex symbols.(Photo: Milton Greene)


Before becoming the first African-American first lady, Michelle Obama was a lawyer and a city administrator in Chicago.(Photo: Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images)


Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had two children with President John F. Kennedy: Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.(Photo: Richard Avedon Collins Design/Smithsonian Institution)


Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person.(Photo: Monica Morgan, AP)


Former first lady Nancy Reagan was also an actress in the 1940s and 1950s.(Photo: Rick Bowmer, AP)


Condoleezza Rice was the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. secretary of State. She served in President George W. Bush’s administration.(Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)


Eleanor Roosevelt proved to be a socially active first lady during President Franklin Roosevelt’s time in office.(Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library)


Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of “Lean In.”(Photo: Matt Albiani, Bloomberg)


In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court in American history.(Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP)


Gloria Steinem led the launch of the national feminist magazine “Ms.” in the early 1970s.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)


Oprah Winfrey became the first black female host of a nationally syndicated daily talk show in 1986.(Photo: Anthony Harvey, Getty Images)

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