Words Of Encouragement For Women: 55 Quotes For Everyday Challenges

By ReGain Editorial Team|Updated June 22, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH

As children, we used to chant that “sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.”  As adults, we know that this couldn’t be further from the truth.  The words we hear today shape who we become tomorrow; they have the power to inspire lasting passion or inflict life-long pain.  Because of this, it’s important that we choose who we listen to carefully.  Are you looking for words of encouragement?  Positivity for your day?  If so, please enjoy these 55 quotes for everyday challenges.  Select a few of your favorite quotes and allow them to add some light to your day.

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

“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Inspiring Words From Inspiring Women: Words Of Encouragement For Defining Your Own Destiny

Looking for some inspiration?  Look no further.  These strong, independent women have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to share their wisdom with you.  Let their stories help you begin to shape your own – one day, and you’ll be the woman behind the quotation!

“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.

“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.”  ― Eartha Kitt

“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: Inspirational Words For Moving On

When love’s labors are lost, letting go can be a challenge.  If you’re struggling to move on, take solace in knowing that you are not alone; many strong, independent women have faced the battles you are in and have 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: Encouraging Words For Strong Women 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: Inspirational Quotes For Keeping A Smile In Spite Of Your Circumstances

What’s the secret to staying strong?  Science suggests it’s positivity.  Spend some time reflecting on the things in your life that bring you joy and share these beautiful words with the women in your life who may also need a pick-me-up.

“Joy, collected over time, fuels resilience.”  – Brene Brown

“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 powersuits to stay-at-home moms hustling to run a blog, 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: Quotes To Inspire Laughter

Strong women know 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 Theresa 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

The Fabulous Nature Of Female Friendship: Quotes To Celebrate Life’s Greatest Connections

Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts.  Friends are fountains of unconditional love and support; they give us the strength to live our lives courageously with their undying devotion.  Take some time to celebrate these relationships and share these sentiments with other women in your life.

“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 difficult things a woman can do; finding the courage to do so in spite of this struggle is a true show of strength.  If life’s got you down, don’t be discouraged – know that help is available, if only you know where to look.  Licensed mental health professionals at ReGain can kickstart start your journey of self-discovery by helping you navigate some of life’s toughest problems.

“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

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