The Most Empowering Quotes From Women In Politics On Why Girls Are Awesome

Get it girls

Women are pretty incredible. We basically run the world (just ask Beyoncé). But, as the U.S. Senate proved this week, the fight for women's rights is far from over. 

Thankfully we have some pretty strong women in our corner, especially in the political arena, fighting to remind the world just how strong ladies really are.

Girl power, amirite?


8. Senator Elizabeth Warren

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The Massachusetts lawmaker expertly shut down down politicians trying to defund Planned Parenthood this week by reminding them just how far we've come, and just how far they were trying to set us back.

"Do you have any idea what year it is?" Warren asked. "Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950's or the 1890's? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women's health care centers."

7. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand knows Congress is broken. And she has a solution to fix it: Add more women. 

"We need more consensus-builders, we need people who will listen more, who are less ego-driven and partisan. I really believe if you had 51 percent women in Congress, the whole dynamic would change," The Cut quoted Gillibrand as saying in June.

Gillibrand practices what she preaches. Instead of engaging in mudslinging and tearing down other women, the senator bolsters her colleagues and talks about their importance as fellow ladies in power. 

"I think it's really one of the best things about the Senate. Women really do seek each other out to form friendships outside of our working lives. And we appreciate each other as women first, as mothers and daughters, as sisters, as wives, I think it makes a difference in how we react toward each other. We're always willing to listen, we're always willing to think through an issue for someone, we're also looking for things to work together on."

6. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Notorious R.B.G. knows the power of women. And she wants the world to recognize it too. 

In February, she told law students at Georgetown University she's often asked when she thinks there will be enough women on the U.S. Supreme Court. And Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a badass response.

"And my answer is when there are nine," PBS Newshour reported in February.

She also said if she had any talent in the world — she definitely does — she would "be a great diva."

Preach RBG.

5. Malala Yousafzai

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Yousafzai is perhaps the most awe-inspiring, influential 18-year-old in the world. And she's using that influence to encourage girls to pursue their dreams and push for more authority. 

"If [Hillary Clinton] gets elected she would give an example to women all around that they should also come to the field of politics and they should not consider that it's not their duty, or it's men's job," Yousafzai told Fusion in 2014.

4. Hillary Clinton

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The former First Lady, former Secretary of State and current presidential hopeful has a long history of touting the power of women. 

Back in 1995, at the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Clinton said "Human rights are women's rights. And women's rights are human rights," according to Diversity Woman. 

Fast forward a few decades to 2013 and Clinton is still fighting for women. 

"By helping women in some of the most dire circumstances…you are not only helping them, you're helping communities and countries — helping make our world more prosperous, more peaceful," ABC News reported at the time. 

3. Cecile Richards

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The president of Planned Parenthood has been in the news quite a bit lately because of attacks on her organization. But she has long been advocating for the strength of women. 

"But whether it's access to education or access to health care, women have only ever gotten what we fight for — nothing more, and I hope, nothing less," she said in her 2014 commencement remarks at Barnard College.

2. First Lady Michelle Obama

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Obama knows the truth: Women are just smarter. 

When asked in 2014 why it's important to speak up as First Lady, she simply responded "Women are smarter than men," according to CNN. 

And she isn't shy about taking men to task for not realizing it. In July 2014, Obama argued that true progress can't be made until men "look into their hearts and souls and ask if they truly view women as their equals," according to Elle. 

1. Senator Patty Murray

Sen. Patty Murray Sen. Patty Murray

"Every additional step you take to make your voice heard, as a mayor, a state Senator, or a CEO — not only helps bring more women to the table today, it also shows the next generation they can step up and make sure their values are being represented, too. That brings me to my next point — which is that one of the most important ways we can expand opportunity for women is to help each other succeed," Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, said in 2014.


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