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If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names. - Elaine Gill

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. - Virginia Woolf

Quotes by women, some famous and some not well known. These quotations have been chosen to represent women's varied ideas, motivations and contributions to history. Select a name from the list below or, if you're looking for a particular quote, try the Search box on this page.

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Bella Abzug
Diane Ackerman
Abigail Adams
Jane Addams
Louisa May Alcott
Paula Gunn Allen
Isabel Allende
Marian Anderson
Lynn Andrews
Maya Angelou
Joan Walsh Anglund
Susan B. Anthony
Diane Arbus
Elizabeth Arden
Hannah Arendt
Nancy Astor
Corazon Aquino
Jane Austen

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Joan Baez
Pearl Bailey
Oksana Baiul
Faith Baldwin
Lucille Ball
Tallulah Bankhead
Clara Barton
Mary Catherine Bateson
Mary Ritter Beard
Sarah Bernhardt
Annie Besant
Mary McLeod Bethune
Alice Stone Blackwell
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell
Amelia Jenks Bloomer
Boadaceia
Erma Bombeck
Anne Bradstreet
Charlotte Brontë
Emily Brontë
Gwendolyn Brooks
Olympia Brown
Rita Mae Brown
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Pearl S. Buck
Billie Burke
Barbara Bush
Laura Bush

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Maria Callas
Rachel Carson
Rosalynn Carter
Alice Cary
Mary Cassatt
Willa Cather
Carrie Chapman Catt
Coco Chanel
Linda Chavez
Linda Chavez-Thompson
Judy Chicago
Julia Child
Lydia Maria Child
Shirley Chisholm
Pema Chodron
Madonna [Ciconne]
Karen Kaiser Clark
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Colette
Marie Curie

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Mary Daly
Bette Davis
Dorothy Day
Barbara De Angelis
Simone de Beauvoir
Agnes de Mille
Madame de Staël
Ruby Dee
Emily Dickinson
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Annie Dillard
Isak Dinesen
Dorothea Dix
Elizabeth Dole
Isadora Duncan
Marguerite Duras
Andrea Dworkin

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Amelia Earhart
Mary Baker Eddy
Marian Wright Edelman
Elsa Einstein
George Eliot
Elizabeth I of England
Linda Ellerbe
Gertrude Ellgas
Myrlie Evers

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Susan Faludi
Eliza Farnham
Dianne Feinstein
Edna Ferber
"Ma" Ferguson
Marilyn Ferguson
Geraldine Ferraro
Bernice Fitz-Gibbon
Zelda Fitzgerald
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
Dame Margot Fonteyn
Anne Frank
Antonia Fraser
Anna Freud
Betty Friedan
Margaret Fuller
Diane von Furstenberg

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Indira Gandhi
Althea Gibson
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Nikki Giovanni
Susan Glaspell
Emma Goldman
Jane Goodall
Ellen Goodman
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Raisa Gorbachev
Eleanor Gordon
Katharine Graham
Martha Graham
Lee Grant
Germaine Greer
Angelina Grimké
Sarah Grimké
Louise Guiney
Shusha Guppy

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Fannie Lou Hamer
Edith Hamilton
Lorraine Hansberry
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Maria Harris
Grace Hartigan
Helen Hayes
Dorothy Height
Lillian Hellman
Katharine Hepburn
Carter Heyward
Hildegarde of Bingen
Billie Holiday
Ariel Williams Holloway
Barbara Honegger
bell hooks
Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins
Grace Hopper
Lena Horne
Hortensia
Julia Ward Howe
Fannie Hurst
Zora Neale Hurston
Anne Hutchinson

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Delores Ibarruri
Molly Ivins

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Helen Hunt Jackson
Anna Jameson
Anna Jarvis
Mae Jemison
Sarah Orne Jewett
Osa Johnson
Jill Johnston
"Mother" Mary Jones
Erica Jong
Barbara Jordan
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Julian of Norwich

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Pauline Kael
Frida Kahlo
Wendy Kaminer
Helen Keller
Corita Kent
Florynce Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jean Kerr
Nancy Kerrigan
Coretta Scott King
Olga Knopf
Olga Korbut
Julie Krone
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Maggie Kuhn

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Suzanne La Follette
Selma Lagerlöf
Frances Lear
Ursula LeGuin
Madeleine L'Engle
Gerda Lerner
Doris Lessing
Denise Levertov
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Audré Lorde
Clare Boothe Luce
Rosa Luxemburg

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Wangari Maathai
Madonna
Wilma Mankiller
Katherine Mansfield
Del Martin
Harriet Martineau
Prema Mathai-Davis
Elsa Maxwell
Maria Goeppert Mayer
Aimee Semple McPherson
Margaret Mead
Golda Meir
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Maria Mitchell
Marilyn Monroe
Maria Montessori
Cherrié Moraga
Robin Morgan
Toni Morrison
Grandma Moses
Lucretia Mott
Alice Munro

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Martina Navratilova
Germaine Necker (Madame de Staël)
Louise Nevelson
Florence Nightingale
Anais Nin
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Mary Norton
Karen Nussbaum

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Flannery O'Connor
Sandra Day O'Connor
Joyce Carol Oates
Odetta
Georgia O'Keeffe
Tillie Olsen
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Louise Otto

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Camille Paglia
Emmeline Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
Dorothy Parker
Rosa Parks
Lucy Parsons
Alice Paul
Anna Pavlova
Frances Perkins
Marge Piercy
Sylvia Plath
Beatrix Potter
Leontyne Price

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Anna Quindlen

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Ayn Rand
Jeanette Rankin
Maureen Reagan
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Louise Renne
Agnes Repplier
Adrienne Rich
Ann Richards
Joan Rivers
Eleanor Roosevelt
Jill Ruckelshaus
Wilma Rudolph
Muriel Rukeyser
Dora Russell
Letty M. Russell
Rosalind Russell

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Buffy Sainte-Marie
Ghada Samman
George Sand
Margaret Sanger
May Sarton
Virginia Satir
Rose Schneiderman
Patricia Schroeder

Ntozake Shange
Anna Howard Shaw
Mary Shelley
Cornelia Otis Skinner
Margaret Chase Smith
Susan Sontag
Anna Garlin Spencer
Dale Spender
Adela Rogers St. John
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Madame de Staël
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Gertrude Stein
Gloria Steinem
Lucy Stone
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gloria Swanson

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Ida M. Tarbell
Harriet Taylor
Sara Teasdale
Teresa of Avila
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mary Church Terrell
Margaret Thatcher
Nancy Thayer
Helen Thomas
M. Carey Thomas
Dorothy Thompson
Lily Tomlin
Kishida Toshiko
Margaret Trudeau
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Sophie Tucker
Cicely Tyson
Wyomia Tyus

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U

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Mamie Van Doren
Queen Victoria
Diane von Furstenberg

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Alice Walker
Barbara Walters
Faye Wattleton
Simone Weil
Mae West
Rebecca West
Edith Wharton
Charlotte Whitton
Kate Douglas Wiggin
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Emma Hart Willard
Ariel Williams
Marianne Williamson
Oprah Winfrey
Sarah Winnemucca
Shelley Winters
Mary Wollstonecraft
Nellie Wong
Natalie Wood
Harriet Woods
Virginia Woolf

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