Celebrating the Voices of Inspirational Women on International Women’s Day

Caitlin Magidson

Caitlin works with students and alumni in Washington DC as a transformational Career Coach. She provides guidance around self-exploration, job search strategy, and networking through individualized coaching and professional development courses.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Globally, on March 8th, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This date has been observed since the early 1900’s during great changes in the industrialized world. To honor some of the female voices from across the globe, here are inspirational quotes about career and life from some amazing women.

On Being a Mentor

I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role-model that.”

Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”

Michelle Obama

Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future.”

Rania al Abdullah, Queen Consort of Jordan

On Resilience

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!

You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician

On Authenticity

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul & philanthopist

I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”

Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian

On Leadership

Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook

Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.”

Marillyn Hewson, 1st female CEO of Lockheed Martin 

Both women and men can be voices of support to women in life and work. Live your life in a way that brings about change for the better!


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