The Strong & Admirable Woman In My Life Is...
Who's a strong and independent woman in your life? Most of us will say it's our mother. Our mother has been caring and nurturing us ever since we're born. She is the strongest woman we know.
For me, my mom is especially tough. I have always looked up to her. My mom is a single parent that works a full-time job. Despite her busy work schedule, she never missed bedtime stories, exam revisions, parents' day, sports day and many many other events that went on at my school. I took all those things for granted when I was a kid because I never realized how hard it would be to do her job.
I have had a pretty lucky life. My mom never let me know how tough her life is. It was until I was 13 that I started realizing my mom is a superwoman. She wakes up at 6 to prepare breakfast and get ready for work. Then she wakes me up at 7 and packs my lunch and sends me off. Then she goes to work and comes back home to prepare dinner. To this day, I still don't know how she did it all, maybe I will only understand when I have kids of my own.
Moms are amazing. They do things for you, things that seem so simple and easy to do, but if you have to do them yourself, it's just hell. Who's your strong and admirable woman in life?
20 Inspiring Quotes By Strong & Admirable Women In Life
1. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. - Oprah
Well-known for her beloved talk show, Oprah was actually the first black lady to be a multi-billionaire in North America. How did she do that? Persistence and a whole lot of stubbornness. People say you can’t do it? There’s no need to tell them to think again, show them.
We encounter failures every now and then in our life, those failures don’t define us, what we choose to do in those situations, do. No great success comes without failures. It’s not much of a success if you don’t know what it’s like to fail.
2. Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else. - Judy Garland
Trying to be someone else means you will never be as good as that person, you will only get close, but you will never replace it. Why be someone’s shadow when you can be your own sun? Shine bright because you’re you.
3. I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one. - Calamity Jane
How difficult it was to be a female American frontierswoman in the 19th century? Well, difficult, but not impossible, because Calamity Jane did it. Equality is so important in our century because people need to believe they can do it because they’re powerful and strong. Don’t let anyone take away your ability by planting the seeds of doubts in you.
4. My mother always told me, “hide your face, people are looking at you.” I would reply, “it does not matter, I am also looking at them.” - Malala
No one should be ashamed of who they are. We’re all born this way. The youngest-ever Nobel prize winner has taught us you don’t need to be old to be wise. Wisdom comes from within, not age. If you don’t choose to be smart, you never will, even when you’re 80.
5. 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
This Nigerian feminist novelist never rests a day when spreading the idea of girl empowerment through her words. Not only men can be the dominant ones, but girls also can too. She showed the world how she re-defined the typical gender stereotype and the seeds of feminism began to blossom among young readers.
6. When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s a tradition. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Founding editor of Ms. magazine, Ms. Cottin is an American author and a social activist. We live in a free society, yet there might still be little things that show gender inequality, but we’re too blinded by social norms to realize we’re being oppressed. Look into the little details, asking questions and challenge the system, that’s how you get a flawless system in the end.
7. I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. - Madonna
More than just a successful performer, Madonna is also a philanthropist that inspired thousands of aspiring girls around the world. So what if the world doesn’t approve of your ambitions? Your answer to yourself, to your heart. You can achieve any great things any man can achieve. If that means more challenges, accept them, because they will make you even greater than what other people can achieve in just a heartbeat. It’s always the effort and the process that builds your character.
8. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles. - Audrey Hepburn
A beautiful soul with positivity. What’s life if you can’t see hope? Hope isn’t something to expect, hope is something inside you, at all times. Hope gives you the courage to fight because you believe it will take a good turn as long as you hold on.
9. We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. - Kavita Ramdas
Former president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Ms. Ramdas spares no chance to speak to the public about the changes a woman can make in this world. Feminism isn’t about superiority, it’s about showing women can. Women aren’t more superior, but they are just as great and as capable as men and should be given the same treatment in all aspects.
10. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Our great First Lady, she taught us how to be tough, no one can make you feel less without your consent. What other people say doesn’t have to matter unless you make it so. Don’t let someone bring down you down when you know they are in the wrong.
11. Young girls are told you have to be the delicate princess. Hermione taught them that you can be the warrior. - Emma Watson
You don’t need magic to be a warrior. It’s what’s in your heart that makes your fearless. Did God tell that you should be the shy nurse? Be the fierce army doctor!
12. Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore. - Lady Gaga
Don’t be the wife that lives off your husband’s fortune. Build that fortune and the kingdom yourself. If it’s someone else’s, they can always take it back from you. You will always only have what’s truly yours.
13. Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. - Margaret Thatcher
Sometimes women know how to run a country better than men because most of them already know how to run a home. Ms. Thatcher was more than just an idol for British girls back then, she inspired girls worldwide that they too, can.
14. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. - Helen Keller
When you make one miracle, you’re influencing the lives of others more than you know. You prove to the world that miracles exist. You just have to be persistent to see it.
15. I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that he didn’t trust me so much. - Mother Teresa
The unfortunate circumstances don’t define you. Make your way out of the darkness, and you will see you got out because you’re shining brighter than you could imagine. It’s always until after the tragedy that we realise how tough we actually are.
16. Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. - J.K. Rowling
It’s not destiny, it’s hard work paying off. You worked hard for it and you got what’s very well-deserved. Don’t let fate blinds you into think you just got lucky. Give yourself more credits than that.
17. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be gauranteed to us and our daughters forever. - Susan B. Anthony
What this women’s rights activist saidd a long time ago is still applicaable to our society today. Many women are still fighting injustice and inequality faced everywhere. They are not trying to be superior, they just want to be equal. Equality is something that our daughters can enjoy too. For the benefits of future generations, it’s a ground we must stand and fight for.
18. I want to do this because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be put a challenge to others. - Amelia Earhart
Men also failed thousands of times before making one success try. Don’t be afraid to fail, they did too, just a long time ago. Each baby step counts. Be the hero of your own and one day, you will achieve all those great things you didn’t know was possible.
19. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. - Madame Curie
Sometimes we fail not because we’re not good at it, but because we don’t trust ourselves enough to do it. We fail to take a leap of faith in ourselves. If you don’t believe you can hit the target, don’t even bother getting up and shooting it, because you will miss it.
20. People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer to (fulfilment). Actually a job is better for me. - Princess Diana
Princess Diana was well-loved not because she had a successful husband, but because she had a benevolence heart and all her work to improve the lives of others. You don’t need a man to be a princess. Be your own queen.
All these wonderful women achieved lots and lots with their work. They inspired thousands of girls in the world to take up the challenge and to create further change. Are you ready to be part of the change?