15 Inspiring Quotes From Badass Women

'We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.'
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It's International Women's Day on March 8thand what better way to celebrate than with some quotes about being a total badass from some of our favorite inspirational women?

1. Amy Poehler

"Saying you're not a feminist is like saying 'I don't really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and I don't know what I would do without it.'"

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2. Hillary Clinton

"Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world."

3. Beyoncé

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"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead."

4. Caitlin Moran

"What do you think feminism is, ladies? What part of 'liberation for women' is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay?"

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5. Malala Yousafzai

"So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pensthey are the most powerful weapons."

6. Emma Watson

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"Our society in general devalues the 'she'qualities that are associated with the feminine that are found in all of us."

7. Anne Hathaway

"A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, 'For a man, you're kind of ignorant.'"

8. Jennifer Lawrence

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"I'm over trying to find the 'adorable' way to state my opinion and still be likeable. F*ck that."

9. Julianne Moore

"At one point, 'feminist' became a pejorative term. How did that happen? If you're a feminist, you're basically saying you're a humanist."

10. Lena Dunham

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"If you are a feminist, you believe in equal rights as a whole. That's not a concept you can really shoot down."

11. Michelle Obama

"No country can truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens."

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12. Angelina Jolie

"I want to be outspoken. I want to say my opinions and I hope they're taken in the right way. I don't want to stop being free. And I won't."

13. Rashida Jones

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"Because women are so clever and flexible and such great communicators, it's been hard for men to evolve and keep up."

14. Mindy Kaling

"I always get asked, 'Where do you get your confidence?,' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, 'You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on Earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'"

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15. Taylor Swift

"To say you're not a feminist means you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women."


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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