A strong woman is defined by any woman who perseveres in the darkest of times, who supports other women instead of bringing them down and who finds strength within herself. I mean we bleed for multiple days straight once a month, and, yet, we continue to live our lives normally.At the same time, society has painted us as weak and fragile.I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity." —Angelina Jolie on her double mastectomy"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." —Ayn Rand"We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored." —Sheryl Sandberg"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." —Madeleine Albright"Women are the real architects of society."—Harriet Beecher Stowe"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.As long as we keep fighting for each other, we can’t be broken.Occasionally, I forget why I love reading so much and my book consumption drops precipitously, until I come across a book that jolts me out of my funk.
She values and uses all of her gifts." —Nancy Rathburn "A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." —Eleanor Roosevelt"I always wanted to be a femme fatale.Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female.'" —Erin Mc Kean"A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman." —Melinda Gates"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible, and when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others." —Amerlia Earhart"When a man gives his opinion, he's a man.When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch."―Bette Davis "I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, 'Yes, women can.'" —Dilma Rousseff "Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household.Strong women all need a break here and there, but only so we can have more energy when we come back to fight.A strong woman isn’t afraid of anyone or of any obstacle. Overall, all women are strong women in our own way.Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl.I wanted to be a woman." —Diane von Furstenberg"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes." —Nancy Pelosi "Of course I am not worried about intimidating men.The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in." ―Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie"I do not feel any less of a woman.For me that is just an essential part of my identity."—Lena Dunham Follow Marie Claire on Instagram for the latest celeb news, pretty pics, funny stuff, and an insider POV.A strong woman isn’t defined by her ability to stay tough, cold and emotionless.