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Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day, all 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds of this important date.

It’s a reminder and opportunity to recognize the significant roles women have played throughout history. As women, we are champion multitaskers, mastering the delicate balance between raising a family and running a Fortune 500 company. We are accustomed to wearing so many hats, the queen herself, might be jealous.

We are poets, astronauts, athletes, chefs, bus drivers and empty nesters. We are doctors, artists, secretaries and starting second careers. Our intuition, creativity, smarts and drive have helped to change and improve lives around the world.

Inspirational Famous Women Quotes

Here are a few of our favorite quotes by women who inspired countless others to cast their doubt and fear aside, and blaze a new trail.

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.  -Princess Diana

“Run to the fire; don’t hide from it.” -Meg Whitman, CEO, President, Hewlett Packard

“The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.” -Sally Ride, Astronaut

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” -Judy Garland, Actress

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me?”
-Billy Jean King, Professional Tennis Player, 39 Grand Slam Championships

The final forming of a person’s character, lies in their own hands. -Anne Frank, Author

“First comes the shy wish. Then you must have the heart to have the dream. Then, you work, and work.” -Estee Lauder, Founder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics

“When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” -First Lady, Barbara Bush

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”  -Coco Chanel, Iconic Fashion Designer

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” -Julia Child, Chef, Author, Television Personality

“You start off thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”  -J.K. Rowling, Author, Harry Potter Series

“When I look to the future, it’s so bright, it burns my eyes.”  -Oprah Winfrey, Media Executive, Television Producer and Philanthropist

Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

-Mother Teresa

“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” -Dolly Parton, Musician, Song Writer, businesswoman

“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel.  At just the right moment, I light the match.”  -Mia Hamm, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

Hope is a thing with feathers, that perches in the soul; and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.

-Emily Dickinson, Author

“Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.”  —Martha Graham, Choreographer

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

-Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist

On this important day, I’d like to thank the inspirational women in my own life; my Grandmother, Mother, Sister, Mother-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law. I love you all.

Who’s on your list of inspirational women?

With gratitude,

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