Although we celebrate and believe in empowering women everyday, International Women’s Day is a great time to freshen up on some female history, reflect on our progress, and praise our achievements (although the work doesn’t stop there). To get us in the mood, we’re leaning on some inspiring messages from motivating women that give us confidence and influence us to achieve our goals each and every day. Hype yourself up with your favorite female-empowermenet song (it’s always a toss up between Shaniah’s “I Feel Like A Woman” and Beyonce’s entire Lemonade album), feel yourself in that mirror (you look great, girl!), read some empowering words from Maya Angelou, Rupi Kaur, and other amazing female writers—whatever it looks like for you, we encourage you to celebrate who you are today, too!
Words of wisdom from Madam Vice President Kamala Harris:
“I hope that by being a 'first,' I inspire young people to pursue their dreams. The number of times I’ve heard the word 'no'—or that something can’t be done—in my lifetime is too many to count. I’m honored to be considered a “first,” but I always think about the people who came before and paved the way for me to get where I am today. From Rosa Parks to Shirley Chisholm to Congressman John Lewis, I stand on the shoulders of so many great men and women before me."
Passionate advice from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden:
“Work to identify your greatest passions, the things that captivate and animate you, and strive to match them to the needs of the world around you."
Equality reminder from (Queen Bee) Beyonce:
“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”
Humble words of empathy from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:
“It takes courage and strength to be empathetic, and I’m very proudly an empathetic and compassionate leader. I am trying to chart a different path, and that will attract criticism but I can only be true to myself and the form of leadership I believe in.”
Inspiration from professional boxing champion Ramla Ali:
“Just because no one can see you dream doesn’t mean it’s not real, because if you can see it, that’s all that matters.”
Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting female owned businesses! Get to know Subtl Beauty’s very own female-led business owner Rachel Reid in this fun Q&A on our YouTube channel!