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Read the best quotes on womanhood by stars and authors.
"We see this airbrushed perfect model … but you just have to look past it. … We [need to] stop treating each other like that, stop calling each other fat and stop with these unrealistic expectations for women. It’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire."
"I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically."
"If you don't look like an airbrushed model ... you have to look past it. You look how you look. What are you going to do?" Mae West was one of the most outspoken actresses in Hollywood and could outwit anybody with her one-liners, often about asserting her independence as a woman.
"Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list." The US First Lady knows her priorities.
"I'm attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life."
“Don't rely on men, but don't shun them either.”
"I never realised until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex."
"I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It's like people see 'Hackers' and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I'd like to play strong women who are also very feminine."
“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
"Motherhood has a very humanising effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials."
"I have this older female peer group now, and among them are women who just shine and have this spark, they radiate a kind of beauty that’s not contrived in any way, but comes from understanding who they are and what their purpose is. That is true beauty and it’s something I strive for.”
"Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman and I love being a woman". Picture: Tumblr/i.am.beyonce
"People are still under the illusion that every successful woman must be controlled by a man. I am the boss."
"I do consider myself a feminist and almost by accident because it’s not that I am a feminist because I want to align myself with some movement. I’m just a feminist because I am a woman and I think that if you are a strong woman who wants to succeed you have to be a feminist. I think that it’s our responsibility to create a world in which girls can grow up and not have to limit their dreams or possibilities."
"For my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge," said the Pakistani school girl and activist.
"Thank you for showing your support for women’s rights… We know that when women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them – their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women, we men need to recognise the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve," said the Prince at a 'Chime for Change' event.
“Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation,” wrote the English author in her book, 'A Room Of One's Own'.
"I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us and that we don’t have to fit into those roles. We can be anybody we wanna be."
“I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb - and I'm not blonde either.”
"I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life."
"People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer (to fulfilling a woman's life). Actually a job is better for me."
"You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do."
"If I had a bucket list, I'd say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be No. 1."
"I want to say to you who think women cannot succeed, we have brought the government of England to this position, that it has to face this alternative: either women are to be killed or women are to have the vote." Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst dedicated her life to gender equality.
"You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins...But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy."
I’ve never had one of those amazing yoga bodies. My body is what it is. I am sure if I went on a crash diet, lost two stone and toned up I could make loads of money by making fitness videos and selling my story to the tabloids. But I don’t want to encourage women to be anything other than what they are. That’s very important to me
"I know that since the women started out on their crusade they have scored in every project they undertook against unjust laws. I would like to see them help make the laws and those who are to enforce them. I would like to see the whiplash in women's hands," the American author was no sexist.
"Women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not…It’s really (...) crazy. But it’s wild that women are under-represented (in Hollywood)."
"A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty," British author Rudyard Kipling was a feminist before the word was even invented.
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" The American poet tells it how it is.