Words Of Encouragement For Women: 55 Quotes For Everyday Challenges

Updated April 6, 2024by Regain Editorial Team

The words we hear today shape who we become tomorrow, inspiring lasting passion or inflicting life-long pain. Because of this, we must choose who we listen to carefully. Are you looking for words of encouragement? Positivity for your day? Here are 55 quotes for everyday challenges to add some light to your day.

Inspiring words from inspiring women

Looking for some inspiration? Look no further. Let their stories help you begin to shape your own.

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts, hence, grappling with hard work. – Adrienne Riche

“Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou

“I am a woman who understands the necessity of an impulse whose goal or origin still lie beyond me.” – Olga Broumas

“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” – Lisa Nichols

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

“Believing that you are unworthy of love and belonging or that who you are authentically is a sin or is wrong is deadly. Who you are is beautiful and amazing.” – Laverne Cox

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild

“To be a real man or woman, you’ve got to know what you believe in. You’ve got to understand that your actions have consequences and that they are connected to everything that you are.”

— Sister Souljah

Becoming strong women: inspirational quotes for finding strength

The strongest women in your life weren’t simply #bornthisway. They, like you, have struggled to find strength in times of great hardship.

“Any woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

“I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.” – Carice van Houten

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” – Brigitte Nicole

“I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.” – Diane von Furstenburg

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” – Nancy Rathburn

Words of encouragement for women looking for love

Relationships can lift us up or break us down. As you look for love, look to these strong women for guidance and support.

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow–this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown

“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” – Diane Von Furstenburg

“Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.” – Carrol Bryant

How strong women handle their business

When love’s labors are lost, letting go can be a challenge. If you’re struggling to move on, take solace in knowing you are not alone; many strong, independent women have faced these battles and won. You can, too.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.” – Charlotte Bronte

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are too heavy.So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” – C. Joybell C.

“Forgiving isn’t something you do for someone else. It’s something you do for yourself. It’s saying, ‘You’re not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.’ It’s saying, ‘You don’t get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.’” —Jodi Picoult 

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” – Maya Angelou

“The ghosts of who you used to be are so proud of [the woman you’ve] become, storm child made of wild and flame.” – Nikita Gill

From surviving to thriving: Words for learning to embrace change

Every challenge we face is an opportunity for growth in disguise. Embracing these growing pains as a learning experience can help you stay strong when it feels like life is crashing down around you.

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey 

“I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I’m stepping forward with grit and anchored grace.” – Julie Graham

“Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Ginni Rommety

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I’m proud of the woman I am today because I went through hell of a time becoming her.” – Unknown

Positivity quotes for keeping a smile despite your circumstances

What’s the secret to staying strong? Science suggests it’s positivity

“You do not find a happy life, you create it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.” – Helen Keller

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn

“We become what we think about.” – Emily Nightingale

Words of encouragement for women in the workplace

From career women in power suits to stay-at-home moms, all women deserve to have their accomplishments celebrated.

“Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.” – Helen Gurley Brown

“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about how much of a difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be neared to understanding the problems of running a country.” – Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t believe in luck. It’s persistence, hard work, and not forgetting your dream.” – Janet Jackson

“Well, if a woman’s work was never done, why trouble about how much of it wasn’t being accomplished at any given moment?” – Diana Gabaldon

Funny quotes for strong women

A strong woman knows that laughter truly is the best medicine. May these funny quotes from funny women lift your spirits when you need it most.

“Never follow anyone’s path. Unless you’re alone in the woods and you’re lost and there’s a path. Then, by all means, follow that path.” – Ellen Degeneres

“Sometimes, I like to be alone and do absolutely nothing. I’m not antisocial, I’m just pro-me.” – Karen Salmansohn

“Confidence is ten percent hard work and ninety percent delusion, just thinking foolishly that you will be able to do what you want to do.” – Tina Fey

“Mother Teresa didn’t walk around complaining about her thighs – she had shit to do.” – Sarah Silverman

“I had no idea how to get guys to notice me. I still don’t. Who cares?” – Amy Poehler

Quotes celebrating the fabulous nature of female friendships

Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. Friends are fountains of unconditional love and support; they give us the strength to live courageously with their undying devotion. 

“I love my husband, but it is nothing like having a conversation with a woman who understands you. I grow so much from those conversations.” – Beyonce Knowles

“You’ll know the people that feed your soul… because you’ll feel good after spending time with them.” – Denise Linn

“Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you.” – Misty Copeland

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” – Elisabeth Foley

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Gloria Naylor

Asking for help: Words of encouragement for women who need a hand

The hardest lesson we can learn is that, sometimes, true strength is about learning to embrace our weaknesses. Admitting that you need help is often one of the most challenging things a woman can do; finding the courage to do so despite this struggle is a true show of strength. If life has you down, don’t be discouraged – know that help is available if you know where to look. These quotes can help.

“Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen, to ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling – to have the hard conversations.” – Brene Brown

“I asked for help, which is the hardest thing in the world.” – Marcia Wallace

“Healing takes time and asking for help is a courageous step.” – Mariska Hargitay

“Sometimes in life, you can fall down holes you can’t climb out of by yourself. That’s what friends and family are for – to help. They can’t help, however, unless you let them know you’re down there.” – Meg Cabot

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

When quotes aren’t enough

While the right quote can sometimes be enough to get you through a rough patch, sometimes we need more support. Online therapy can help you work through rough patches or give you the tools to manage challenging times.

When you sign up for online therapy, you are matched with a licensed professional who can start helping you right away. You don’t have to worry about being on a waiting list for an available appointment. There’s no commute because you attend sessions from the comfort of your home or anywhere you have an internet connection, and you can communicate with your therapist via video chat, phone, text, or instant message. Research shows that online treatment is just as effective as in-person therapy, making it a convenient and effective option for mental health support. If you want to learn more, take the next step by signing up with Regain.


Everyone needs a little encouragement sometimes, and these quotes can inspire and motivate you to get through the hard times. But sometimes, even the perfect quote isn’t enough. If you need more support, online therapy can help.

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