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The following are 21 inspiring quotes by influential women:

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” -- Maya Angelou

”I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.” -- Malala Yousafzai

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.” -- Oprah Winfrey

“I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth.” -- Sonia Sotomayor

“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” -- Margaret Atwood

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” -- Rosa Parks

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” -- Marie Curie

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” -- Michelle Obama

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -- Mother Teresa

“I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings.” -- Margaret Mead

“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

“Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” -- J.K. Rowling

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” -- Frida Kahlo

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” -- Toni Morrison

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -- Anne Frank

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” -- Edith Wharton

“So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.” -- Patti LaBelle

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!” -- Audrey Hepburn

“Let me listen to me and not to them.” -- Gertrude Stein

“I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.” -- Lucille Ball

Posted by Lora Moftah on 08 September 2015 16:19

The Queen, Margaret Thatcher and J.K. Rowling have been celebrated in a list of the top 40 women who changed the world.

The list, which also includes Marilyn Monroe and 17-year-old girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, was topped by pioneering Polish chemist Marie Curie, who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize – and won it twice. 

British nurse Florence Nightingale came second and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was third. 

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and Mother Teresa completed the top five.

Royals fared well, with the Queen, Princess Diana, Queen Victoria, the Queen Mother and Elizabeth I all in the top 20.

The most admired quality of women in the list, which was compiled after a poll of 2,000 British adults by Sky Arts, was that they were not afraid to challenge the beliefs of their time. 

But two thirds of those polled said young women today lack inspirational figures and eight in ten felt youngsters idolise modern celebrities too much.

The poll was conducted to coincide with the launch of the second series of Sky Arts' Psychobitches, a sketch show with an all-star cast which will see women including The Mitford sisters and Florence Nightingale examined on the psychologist's couch.



1. Marie Curie

2. Florence Nightingale

3. Margaret Thatcher

4. Emmeline Pankhurst

5. Mother Teresa

6. Princess Diana

7. Queen Victoria

8. Anne Frank

9. Joan of Arc

10. Queen Elizabeth I

11. Rosa Parks

12. Queen Elizabeth II

13. Indira Gandhi

14. Amelia Earhart

15. Amy Johnson

16. J.K. Rowling

17. Marilyn Monroe

18. Jane Austen

19. Mary, Queen of Scots

20. Queen Mother 

21. Coco Chanel

22. Benazir Bhutto

23. Enid Blyton

24. Marie Antoinette

25. Helen Keller

26. Oprah Winfrey

27. Germaine Greer

28. Eva Peron

29. Hilary Clinton

30. Malala Yousafzai

31. Linda McCartney

32. Audrey Hepburn

33. Eleanor Roosevelt

34. Maya Angelou

35. Michelle Obama

36. Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge

37. Billie Jean King

38. Katharine Hepburn

39. Ingrid Bergman

40. Simone de Beauvoir


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