The Ultimate Girls Empowerment Quotes For Gen Z Girls

for educators for girls empowerment leaders for parents for teens Apr 15, 2024


In a world buzzing with challenges and opportunities, empowerment quotes can serve as powerful reminders of strength, resilience, and the potential for greatness that lies within each young woman. For Gen Z girls navigating the complexities of today’s society, these modern, motivational quotes from a diverse group of influential women offer encouragement and inspiration. Here’s a collection of empowering words from leaders, artists, athletes, and visionaries who have made significant impacts in the last decade, resonating with the values and aspirations of the new generation.

1. Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Activist "We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential."

2. Michelle Obama – Former First Lady and Author "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish, whether that's in politics or other fields."

3. Emma Watson – Actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador "If not me, who? If not now, when?" – Emma Watson during a speech for gender equality, emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility in fighting for one’s rights and beliefs.

4. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – U.S. Congresswoman "When they go low, we go high. That’s not just about hitting back, but about keeping our souls intact when fighting for justice."

5. Beyoncé – Singer and Businesswoman "Power is not given to you. You have to take it." – Beyoncé, reinforcing the notion that empowerment and authority must be seized and asserted with confidence.

6. Simone Biles – Olympic Gymnast "Surround yourself with people who add value to your life. Who challenge you to be greater than you were yesterday, who sprinkle magic into your existence, just like you do to theirs."

7. Rupi Kaur – Poet "It takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations, and it takes strength to remain true to yourself."

8. Greta Thunberg – Environmental Activist "You are never too small to make a difference." – A simple yet powerful reminder from a teenager who shook the world's leaders into action on climate change.

9. Rihanna – Singer and Entrepreneur "If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better."

10. Yara Shahidi – Actress and Activist "My dream isn’t necessarily a specific job or title but to continue to be as dynamic and mold-breaking as possible."

11. Lizzo – Singer-Songwriter "I just want to encourage everyone to let your light shine. If the world tells you to shrink, expand."

12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Author and Speaker "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."

13. Kamala Harris – Vice President of the USA "Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they've never seen it before."

14. Serena Williams – Professional Tennis Player "Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on."

15. Jacinda Ardern – Prime Minister of New Zealand "One of the criticisms I've faced over the years is that I'm not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or maybe somehow, because I'm empathetic, it means I'm weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong."

16. Mindy Kaling – Actress and Writer "If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself."

17. Megan Rapinoe – Professional Soccer Player "You have to be willing to stand up, to speak up, and to fight for yourself."

18. Tarana Burke – Activist and Founder of the Me Too movement "This movement is constantly being called a watershed moment. Even now, they’re trying to see its demise. But it’s not going anywhere."

19. Oprah Winfrey – Media Mogul "Turn your wounds into wisdom."

20. Shonda Rhimes – Television Producer and Writer "You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them."

21. Angela Merkel – Former Chancellor of Germany "Always be more than you appear and never appear to be more than you are."

22. Malia Cohen – Politician "Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine."

23. Ava DuVernay – Filmmaker "If your dream only includes you, it’s too small."

24. Malavika Varadan – Radio Presenter "Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone; that’s the only way to grow."

25. Ellen DeGeneres – Comedian and Television Host "Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth, and everything else will come."

26. Indra Nooyi – Former CEO of PepsiCo "Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different."

27. Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors "Do something you are very passionate about, and don't try to chase what is kind of the hot passion of the day."

28. Danai Gurira – Actress and Playwright "Your silence serves no one."

29. Emma Gonzalez – Activist "Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job."

30. Joan Jett – Rock Musician "Other people will call me a rebel, but I just feel like I'm living my life and doing what I want to do. Sometimes people call that rebellion, especially when you're a woman."

31. Michelle Yeoh – Actress "It’s not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. Sometimes you’ve got to blast through and have faith."

32. Gitanjali Rao – Young Scientist and Inventor "If I can do it, anybody can do it."

33. Alexandria Villaseñor – Environmental Activist "You are never too young to make a difference."

34. Arundhati Roy – Author "To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places."

35. Janet Mock – Writer, Director, and Transgender Rights Activist "I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act."

36. Alicia Garza – Activist and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter "We deserve to be heard, not dismissed. We deserve to be supported, not just tolerated."

37. Padma Lakshmi – Author, Actress, Model, Television Host "I'm stronger because I had to be, I'm smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I've known, and now wiser because I learned."

38. Lilly Singh – YouTuber and Comedian "Hustle harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow."

39. Sanna Marin – Prime Minister of Finland "We need to create a society where everyone can thrive and where everyone can be the best version of themselves."

40. Nikole Hannah-Jones – Journalist "I don’t pretend to be neutral. I think neutrality is dishonest. In fact, I think it’s a disservice."

41. Simone de Beauvoir – Philosopher "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."

42. Audrey Hepburn – Actress and Humanitarian "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"

43. Rhianna Pratchett – Video Game Writer "Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger."

44. Huda Kattan – Beauty Influencer and Entrepreneur "The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence."

45. Amal Clooney – Human Rights Lawyer "Be the change you want to see in the world."

46. Misty Copeland – Ballet Dancer "You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed."

47. Celine Dion – Singer "Don't wait for people to encourage you. You should be your own cheerleader."

48. Patti Smith – Musician "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."

49. Priyanka Chopra – Actress and Producer "I don't want to be called an actor; I want to be called a creative person."

50. Meryl Streep – Actress "What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength."


These quotes from a diverse group of inspiring women offer powerful doses of motivation and affirmation for Gen Z girls. They encourage bravery, action, and the pursuit of one’s passions with relentless strength and resilience. As you move forward, let these words light your path and remind you of your capability to influence the world positively.

Feel inspired by these empowering quotes? Share them with friends, discuss what they mean to you, or post them where you can see them every day. If you have other favorite quotes from inspiring women, drop them in the comments below to keep the inspiration flowing for everyone!


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