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GREAT QUOTES from G R E AT

n e m o W

From Marie Curie to Michelle Obama—inspiring words from women who have shaped our world

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Dedicated to my mother, Mary Crisorio, whose unconditional love and support have been my greatest inspiration.

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Introduction

reat women are not considered so because of their personal achievements but for their abilities to speak out on behalf

of the lives of countless others. To boldly face diversity and discrimination, yet continue to show daring feats of bravery in spite of the obstacles before them. They speak with both a compassionate heart and great strength of character. They are true leaders who have advanced not just womanhood but the world around them. We hope reading the words of these great women will inspire all of us—our mothers, daughters, our sisters, even our future granddaughters—to embrace our own greatness. For once we can revel in the power of our own voice, we too can speak out for what is right and impact the world for the better.

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Contents Christiane Amanpour . . . . . . . . . . 7 Arianna Huffington . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Maya Angelou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Helen Keller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Susan B. Anthony . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Loretta Lynch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Mother Teresa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Margaret Mead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Marie Curie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Golda Meir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Melinda Gates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Angela Merkel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Ruth Bader Ginsburg . . . . . . . . . 49 Florence Nightingale . . . . . . . . . 113 Jane Goodall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Michelle Obama . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Audrey Hepburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . . 129

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Rosa Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Meryl Streep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 Amy Poehler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Margaret Thatcher . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Condoleezza Rice . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Harriet Tubman . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Sally Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Meg Whitman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229 Eleanor Roosevelt . . . . . . . . . . . 167 Oprah Gail Winfrey . . . . . . . . . . 235 J. K. Rowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Susan Wojcicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243 Wilma Rudolph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Malala Yousafzai . . . . . . . . . . . . 249 Sheryl Sandberg . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Margaret Chase Smith . . . . . . . 197

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I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE TO KILL STORIES, NOT TO RUN STORIES, THAT PEOPLE HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES TO GET.

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ne of today’s leading news correspondents, Christiane Amanpour is a British-Iranian journal-

ist and television host. She is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and hosts CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour. Additionally, Amanpour is the Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News and has worked for 60 Minutes. Amanpour was born in London but spent time in Iran before going to boarding school in England at the age of eleven. Things changed for Amanpour in 1979 when the Shah of Iran was overthrown by a revolution, as this event sent her family into exile but also ignited her interest in journalism.

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GREAT QUOTES from chRiSTiAnE AMAnpOUR

Throughout her career, Amanpour earned multiple journalistic awards, such as multiple Emmys and Peabodys and an Edward R. Murrow Award, along with recognition from the Library of American Broadcasting.

We in the press, by

our

power, can actually

undermine leadership.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have

any respect for ourselves and what we do?

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GREAT QUOTES from chRiSTiAnE AMAnpOUR

What we do and say and show really

matters.

I£i No matter what the hocus-pocus focus groups tell you, time has proven that all the gimmicks and all the cheap journalism can only carry us so far.

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Maya Angelou I’VE LEARNED THAT MAKING A “LIVING” IS NOT THE SAME THING AS MAKING A “LIFE.”

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aya Angelou overcame a troubled childhood to become a noted poet, writer, and activist. Her first job was that of the first black

female streetcar con­ductor. This was the first in a series of extraordinary achievements. Early on, Angelou fine-­tuned her natural dancing and acting tal-

ent to eventually earn a dance scholarship. Her performance career included a European dance tour and a plethora of television shows and records. After holding a position in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, she moved to Egypt to edit a weekly newspaper. Two years later, Angelou became an administrator and instructor at a Ghana music school. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Angelou also wrote an autobiographical novel series to cope with the grief she felt after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on her birthday. Through her varied experiences on life’s journey, Maya Angelou is the embodiment of the American Renaissance woman.

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without

courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget

how you made them feel.

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GREAT QUOTES from Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you

can decide

not to be reduced by them.

I£i

I have found that among its other benefits,

giving liberates the soul of the giver.

I£i

I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. 17

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See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.

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GREAT QUOTES from Maya Angelou

The most called-­upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

I£i I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I£i How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-­roes! 19

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Susan B. Anthony CAUTIOUS, CAREFUL PEOPLE, ALWAYS CASTING ABOUT TO PRESERVE THEIR REPUTATION… NEVER CAN BRING ABOUT A REFORM.

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usan B. Anthony is best remembered as a pioneer and crusader of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. President of

the National American Woman Suffrage Association, her work helped pave the way for the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Discouraged by the limited role women were allowed in the established temperance movement, Anthony helped form the Woman’s State Temperance Society in New York, one of the first organizations of its kind. She devoted herself with vigorous determination to the abolition movement, serving from

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1856 to the outbreak of the war in 1861 as an agent for the American Anti-­Slavery Society. Attending the International Council of Women in 1888 and the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in 1904, Susan B. Anthony was a major catalyst for social change in America and abroad.

Failure is impossible.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Men, their rights, and

nothing more; women, their rights, and

nothing less.

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GREAT QUOTES from Susan B. Anthony

The day will come when men will recognize woman as

his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.

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Mother Teresa I SEE GOD IN EVERY HUMAN BEING. WHEN I WASH THE LEPER’S WOUNDS I FEEL I AM NURSING THE LORD HIMSELF.

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other Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, is revered for her lifelong dedication to the poor,

most notably the destitute masses of India. In 1928, at the age of eighteen, she went to Ireland to join the Loreto Convent in Rathfarnam, Dublin, and shortly thereafter traveled to India to work with the poor of Calcutta. In 1950, after studying nursing, she moved into the slums of the city and founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa was summoned to Rome in 1968 to found a home for the needy, and three years later, she was awarded the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. By the late 1970s, the Missionaries of Charity numbered more than a thousand nuns who operated sixty centers in Calcutta and over two hundred centers worldwide. 28

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Mother Teresa’s selfless commitment to helping the poor saved the lives of nearly 8,000 people in Calcutta alone. Her compassion and devotion to the destitute earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Following her death, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

We shall never know how much

good a simple smile can do.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The hunger

for love is much

more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

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GREAT QUOTES from Mother Teresa

Don’t look for big things, just

do small things with great love.

I£i

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity, and obedience.

I£i

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better

and happier.

I£i

Now let us do something

beautiful for God. 32

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GREAT QUOTES from MOThER TERESA

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop

in the ocean. But

if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

I£i

Do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done

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Marie Curie AFTER ALL, SCIENCE IS ESSENTIALLY INTERNATIONAL, AND IT IS ONLY THROUGH LACK OF THE HISTORICAL SENSE THAT NATIONAL QUALITIES HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO IT.

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olish-­born French physicist Marie Curie was famous for her work on radioactivity. From childhood, she was remarkable for her

prodigious memory and intellect. One of Curie’s outstanding achievements was understanding the need to accumulate intense radio­active sources, not only for the treat-

ment of illness, but also to maintain an abundant supply for research in nuclear physics. She is the first to have realized that radioactivity was an atomic quality, and she even coined the term. Her insights paved the way for other research­ers to discover the neutron and artificial radioactivity. Shortly after this discovery, however, Marie Curie died from leukemia caused by the radiation.

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Twice a winner of the Nobel Prize, Marie Curie made immense contributions to physics, influenc­ing subsequent generations of nuclear physicists and chemists.

In science, we must be interested

in things, not in persons.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must

believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must

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You cannot hope to build a better

world

without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all

humanity,

our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

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I am among those who think that science has great

beauty. A scientist in his

laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy

tale.

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WOMEN AND GIRLS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DETERMINE THEIR OWN FUTURE, NO MATTER WHERE THEY’RE BORN.

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ncouraged by her mother to pursue an education, Gates became interested in computers during an advanced math class in grammar

school, which led her to pursue computer science at Duke University. In 1987, she began working for Microsoft where she worked on projects like the website Expedia. In 1994, Gates and her husband (creator of Microsoft) started a foundation that initially meant to give computers and Microsoft products to libraries all over the country. Today, Gates has expanded this foundation to address issues like global poverty and health. A powerful American businesswoman and philanthropist, Gates’s primary focus is now how to make our world a safe, renewable resource for everyone.

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If you want to see things happen at a global level, start

at the village level.

Give women the tools and education and they will drive the change.

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Sometimes it’s the people you can’t help who inspire you the most.

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GREAT QUOTES from Melinda Gates

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.

I£i If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg WOMEN WILL HAVE ACHIEVED TRUE EQUALITY WHEN MEN SHARE WITH THEM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BRINGING UP THE NEXT GENERATION.

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uth Bader Ginsburg is the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, which makes her the second female

justice in the country’s history. Encouraged by her mother to embrace education, Ginsburg enrolled at Harvard Law School as one of nine females in a class size of approximately 500 students. She transferred to Columbia Law School after her husband took a job in New York City, becoming the first woman to be on two major law reviews—­the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review. Ginsburg’s start to her legal career was not ideal; being a mother to a young child, a wife, and Jewish at a dangerous time in our history, she struggled to find a job. Eventually, Ginsburg became an associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure and spent time in Sweden where she began to develop more insight on gender equality. Back in the States, Ginsburg became a professor at Rutgers Law School and was one of fewer than twenty

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female professors in the country. Here she cofounded the first U.S. law journal about women’s rights—­the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. Ginsburg has devoted most of her career to fighting for women’s rights as a constitutional principle. In 1972, she cofounded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, and between 1973 and 1976, she argued six gender discrimination cases before the Supreme Court and won five of them. In 2009, Forbes named her among the 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2015, Time included her as one of the Time 100.

I think our

system is being

polluted by money.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The side that wants to take the choice away from women and give it to the state, they’re fighting a losing battle. Time

is on the side of change.

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GREAT QUOTES from RUTh BAdER GinSBURG

We should not be held back from

pursuing our full talents, from contributing what we could

contribute to the society, because we fit into a certain mold—because we belong to a group that historically has been the object of discrimination.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

People ask me sometimes, “When will there be enough women on the court?” And my answer is: “When

there are nine.”

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Every now and then it helps to be a little deaf... That advice has stood me in good stead. Not simply in dealing with my marriage, but in dealing with my colleagues.

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LASTING CHANGE IS A SERIES OF COMPROMISES. AND COMPROMISE IS ALRIGHT, AS LONG YOUR VALUES DON’T CHANGE.

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nown for her fifty-five-year study of chimpanzees in Tanzania, Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, anthropologist, and ani-

mal rights activist. Born in London, Goodall was interested in animal behavior from a very early age and engulfed herself in literature on zoology and ethology. Goodall’s interests in animals eventually led her to Lake Tanganyika in the Gombe Stream Reserve where she sought to observe the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees. After multiple attempts and years of watching the chimpanzees, Goodall became a familiar presence to the primates who were no longer threatened by her. Her discoveries have led to new understandings of primates but also to new perspectives on protecting the environment.

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In 1977, Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute, which focuses on conservation and development programs in Africa. A similar program, Roots & Shoots, was created over a decade later to help educate the youth and promote positive changes to the environment.

The most important thing is to actually

think about what you do.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide

what kind of difference you want to make.

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GREAT QUOTES from JAnE GOOdAll

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.

I£i

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual

makes a difference.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right.

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GREAT QUOTES from Jane Goodall

We have the choice to use

the gift of our life to make the world a better place¯­ or not to bother.

I£i

Only if we understand, can

we care. Only

if we care, we

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Audrey Hepburn TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS. I THINK PERHAPS WITH TIME, INSTEAD OF THERE BEING A POLITICIZATION OF HUMANITARIAN AID, THERE WILL BE A HUMANIZATION OF POLITICS.

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s a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century, Audrey Hepburn demonstrated staunch humani­tarian beliefs throughout her life.

Born in Belgium, she grew up with a passion for ballet and the stage, making her debut in the London theater. Coming to America at the age of twenty-­two, Hepburn made her mark on the film industry by making thirty-­one films and ultimately receiving five Academy Awards. Her most notable work, however, was off screen. She spent much of her time and energy working with UNICEF to provide assistance to disad­vantaged families in multiple developing nations. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Hepburn brought to the attention of the

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world the need for food, immu­nizations, and safe water in underprivileged countries. Her efforts garnered her several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Audrey Hepburn remains a legendary Hollywood humanitarian.

The best thing to hold

onto in life is each other.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

I was born with an enormous

need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.

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GREAT QUOTES from Audrey Hepburn

For beautiful eyes, look

for the

good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you

are never alone.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

THE “THIRD WORLD” IS A TERM I DON’T LIKE VERY MUCH, BECAUSE WE’RE ALL ONE WORLD.

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GREAT QUOTES from Audrey Hepburn

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering—­because you can’t take it all in at once.

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Arianna Huffington IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND, YOU TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD.

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ofounder and editor-­in-­c hief of the Huffington Post, Arianna

Huffington is a Greek-­American author, syndicated columnist, and

businesswoman. She studied economics at the University of Cambridge where she became president of the Cambridge Union—­the university’s

noted debate organization. With a strong interest in politics, Huffington ran for governor of California but later withdrew. She chose a different way to interact with the world by founding the blog the Huffington Post, which covers topics such as politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, lifestyle, women’s interests, and local news. The blog became a major hit and was acquired by AOL, designating Huffington as the editor-­in-­chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.

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Treat people like family, and they will be

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loyal and give their all.

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A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

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GREAT QUOTES from Arianna Huffington

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—­understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

I£i Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me. 77

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Helen Keller KEEP YOUR FACE TO THE SUNSHINE AND YOU CANNOT SEE THE SHADOWS.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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elen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880. A severe illness in infancy

left her deprived of sight, hearing, and the ability to speak. Her life represents one of the most extraordinary examples of a person who was able to transcend her physical handicaps—accomplishing more with her impairments than many do in their lifetimes. Through the constant and patient instruction of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller not only learned to read, write, and speak, but went on to graduate cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904. In addition to writing several articles, books, and biographies and cofounding the American Civil Liberties Union, she was active on

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GREAT QUOTES from hElEn KEllER

the staffs of the American Foundation for the Blind and the American Foundation for the Overseas Blind. She also lectured in over twenty-five countries and received several awards of great distinction. Helen Keller’s courage, faith, and optimism in the face of such overwhelming disabilities had a profound effect on all she touched. Her tremendous accomplishments stand as a symbol of human potential.

Life is either a great

adventure or nothing.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Alone we can do so little;

together we can do so much.

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GREAT QUOTES from Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring

adventure or nothing.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The Bible gives me a deep, comforting sense that

“things seen are temporal, and things unseen are eternal.”

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GREAT QUOTES from hElEn KEllER

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the

other fellow and then for ourselves.

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EVERYONE WANTS TO BE SEEN. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE HEARD. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE PERSON THAT THEY ARE AND NOT A STEREOTYPE OR AN IMAGE.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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oretta Lynch was the eighty-third U.S. Attorney General and the first African American woman

to hold this position. She was born in North Carolina into a family that participated in the Civil Rights Movement. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she worked as a litigator in New York until 1990 when she started working as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney team of New York’s Eastern District, which launched her career in government. Lynch has worked on high-profile cases such as those involving police brutality, corrupted lawmakers, and money laundering by Fédération Internationale de Football Association top officials.

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GREAT QUOTES from lORETTA lynch

Our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it’s unity, and it’s love.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

A LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW IS NOT A LICENSE TO VIOLATE IT.

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GREAT QUOTES from Loretta Lynch

The power to arrest—­to deprive a citizen of liberty—­must be used fairly, responsibly, and without bias.

Others will always seek to define you based on what they think you represent or who they think you are. But you have to be the one to control what you do and what you say and how you present yourself. 91

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Margaret Mead NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.

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merican anthropologist Margaret Mead’s great fame owed as much to the force of her person­ality and outspokenness as it did to the

quality of her scientific work. As an anthropologist, she was best known for her studies of the nonliterate peoples of Oceania, espe­cially with regard to various aspects of psychology and culture, the cultural conditioning of sexual behavior, natural character, and culture change. As a celebrity, she was widely known for her forays into such far-­ranging topics as women’s rights, childbearing, sexual morality, nuclear proliferation, race relations, drug abuse, population control, environmental pollution, and world hunger. Elected to the presidency of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the age of seventy-­two, Margaret Mead held twenty-­eight honorary doctorates and a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. All achievements to be proud of but none more than the life she dedicated to an under­standing of the origins and continuing development of humanity. 94

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We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a lifestyle that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human

potentialities,

and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse

human gift

will find a fitting place.

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GREAT QUOTES from Margaret Mead

A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no peace until all have chosen or gone under, unable to bear the conditions of choice.

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Golda Meir THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW HOW TO WEEP WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART DON’T KNOW HOW TO LAUGH EITHER.

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olda Meir was a founder of the State of Israel and served as its fourth prime minister. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she immigrated

to Wisconsin in 1906. Her polit­ical activity began as a leader in the Milwaukee Labor Zionist Party. After immigrating to Palestine in 1921, she held key posts in the Jewish Agency and in the World Zionist Organization. After Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, she served as minister of labor, and then foreign minister. Meir was appointed prime minister in 1969. During her administration, she worked for a peace settlement in the Middle East using diplomatic means.

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However, these efforts were interrupted by the outbreak of the fourth Arab-­Israeli war. She resigned her post in 1974 but remained an important political figure throughout her retirement. Golda Meir’s true strength and spirit were empha­sized when, after her death in 1978, it was revealed that she had suffered from leukemia for twelve years.

Don’t be humble, you aren’t that great.

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I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.

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GREAT QUOTES from Golda Meir

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

I£i I have faced difficult problems in the past but nothing like the one I’m faced with now in leading the country.

I£i Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do. 103

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

There’s no

difference between one’s killing and making decisions that will send others to

kill. It’s exactly the

same thing, or even worse.

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GREAT QUOTES from Golda Meir

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the

present.

I£i

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. 105

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YOU COULD CERTAINLY SAY THAT I’VE NEVER UNDERESTIMATED MYSELF, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING AMBITIOUS.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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est known as the first female chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is a politician and one of the creators of

the European Union. Although she originally was a physicist and chemist, Merkel decided to get involved with politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. After joining the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), she was appointed as Minister for Women and Youth and later as Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety. Almost a decade after being elected Secretary-General of the CDU, Merkel was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 2005. Some of Merkel’s greatest accomplishments are maintaining a blossoming economy, shutting down nuclear reactors in search for alternative energy sources, and helping in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration.

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GREAT QUOTES from AnGElA MERKEl

There is nothing worse than sweeping a threat under the mat and just living from day to day.

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A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.

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GREAT QUOTES from Angela Merkel

It seems to me that the fact that I am a woman is a bigger issue than the fact that I’m from the East. For me it isn’t really important. I’ve only ever known myself as a woman.

I£i Without freedom the human mind is prevented from unleashing its creative force. But what is also clear is that this freedom does not stand alone. It is freedom in responsibility and freedom to exercise responsibility. 111

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Florence Nightingale WERE THERE NONE WHO WERE DISCONTENTED WITH WHAT THEY HAVE, THE WORLD WOULD NEVER REACH ANYTHING BETTER.

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n English nurse, Florence Nightingale was the founder of trained nursing for women.

While in charge of nursing at a Turkish military hospital during the Crimean War (1854–­1856), she coped with over­crowding, poor sanitation, and a shortage of basic medical supplies. As Nightingale made her nightly hospital rounds, she gave comfort and advice, estab­ lishing the image of “The Lady with the Lamp” among the wounded. Regarded as an expert on public hospitals, she was dedicated to improving the health and living con­ditions of the British soldier. In 1860, she founded the Nightingale Home and Training School for Nurses, the first such school of its kind in the world.

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Florence Nightingale has been immortalized as the epitome of tender care.

How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

I attribute my success to this—

I never gave or took any excuse.

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GREAT QUOTES from Florence Nightingale

I never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-­seed germinates and roots itself.

I£i

I can stand out the war with any man. I stand at the altar of the murdered men, and, while I live, I

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Michelle Obama GQGWomen_INT-FQC.indd 118

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WE LEARNED ABOUT DIGNITY AND DECENCY—­ THAT HOW HARD YOU WORK MATTERS MORE THAN HOW MUCH YOU MAKE… THAT HELPING OTHERS MEANS MORE THAN JUST GETTING AHEAD YOURSELF.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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orn in Chicago, Illinois, on a cold day in January 1964, Michelle Obama has gone from sharing a

one-bedroom apartment with her parents and older brother to living in the White House as the fortyfourth first lady of the United States. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, Obama was working at a Chicago law firm when she met her husband and future U.S. President Barack Obama. Her reign as first lady has been focused almost entirely on current social issues, specifically poverty, healthy living, and education for women and children. For Obama, it seems no cause is too small—even volunteering in Washington, DC–area soup kitchens

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GREAT QUOTES from MichEllE OBAMA

and homeless shelters without pretense. Continually pushing for healthy living, Obama is a strong supporter of the organic food movement, helping schools plant gardens and putting large efforts into campaigns to end childhood obesity.

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so

much history yet to be made.

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Every day, the people I meet inspire

me...

Every day, they make me proud... Every day they remind me how blessed

we are to

live in the greatest nation on earth.

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One of the lessons that I grew up with was to

always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because

I know who I am.

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You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

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GREAT QUOTES from Michelle Obama

I£i You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn… And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I

want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big

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I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet

strength and dignity.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis THERE ARE MANY LITTLE WAYS TO ENLARGE YOUR CHILD’S WORLD. LOVE OF BOOKS IS THE BEST OF ALL.

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s one of the most popular First Ladies, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought elegance to the White House through her intelligence

and cultured upbringing. Like so many First Ladies, though, Kennedy Onassis was so much more than a cultured wife and mother. After becoming First Lady in 1961, Kennedy Onassis accepted the daunting task of making the White House a home for her children, Caroline and John Jr., and Patrick, who died shortly after his birth from respiratory complications. She then turned her attention to the rest of the White House to restore its historical essence and cultural significance. Her entertaining skills were legendary, as was her social

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and cultural prowess, giving her a reputation for hosting magical and awe-­inspiring events. Most admire Kennedy Onassis for her strength throughout the tragedy of her husband’s assassination. After the death of her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, Kennedy Onassis returned to New York to pursue an editing career. She continued her work until her untimely death in 1994. She remains a symbol of twentieth-­century American fashion, poise, and grace under pressure.

I am a woman above everything else.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

We should all do

something to

right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them.

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GREAT QUOTES from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I’ll be a wife

and mother first,

then First Lady.

I£i

The only routine with me is

no routine at all.

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Rosa Parks I DO THE VERY BEST I CAN TO LOOK UPON LIFE WITH OPTIMISM AND HOPE AND LOOKING FORWARD TO A BETTER DAY.

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rowing up in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks quickly gained firsthand experience with preju­dice and inequality. For years, she

lived with the knowl­edge that blacks in the South were not entitled to the same rights as those in the North, until she decided to take a stand. In 1955, when Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man, her defiance ignited a bus boycott of 381 days. Rosa Parks’s action gave thousands of indi­viduals the courage to speak out against the injustice toward southern blacks, furthering social acceptance and equality in America.

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Time magazine named Parks one of the most influential and iconic figures of the twentieth century. The Rosa Parks Congressional Gold Medal bears the legend, “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Each person must live

their life

as a model for others.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

I£i Memories of our lives, of our works, and our deeds will

continue in others.

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GREAT QUOTES from ROSA pARKS

Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who

felt the same way.

I£i

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing

what must

be done does away with fear.

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I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom

and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

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I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so

other people would be also free.

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GREAT PEOPLE DO THINGS BEFORE THEY’RE READY. THEY DO THINGS BEFORE THEY KNOW THEY CAN DO IT.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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my Poehler is an American comedian, actress, director, and writer. Born near Boston, Poehler

studied at Boston College before moving to Chicago to join comedy theaters Second City and ImprovOlympic. Poehler received her big break when she was a cast member of Saturday Night Live and has since received various awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions in television. Aside from her acting and comedy career, Poehler is also a humanitarian who is active on women’s issues. She has cofounded the organization and website Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which aims to help young people discover their identities. The website is devoted to encouraging and supporting girls to change the world.

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GREAT QUOTES from AMy pOEhlER

When young girls are

encouraged to explore what they find interesting, they grow up to be interesting

women.

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It’s okay to not be looking at what everyone else is looking at all of the time.

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GREAT QUOTES from Amy Poehler

No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.

I£i Girls, if a boy says something that isn’t funny, you don’t have to laugh.

I£i I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed, you can rule the world.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t

mind leading.

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Take your risks now. As you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible.

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Condoleezza Rice WE CANNOT BE RELUCTANT TO LEAD AND YOU CANNOT LEAD FROM BEHIND.

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ot only is Condoleezza Rice the second woman to ever be named U.S. secretary of state, she also has the noted distinction of being

the first African American woman to hold the position. Extraordinarily gifted, Rice skipped both the first and seventh grades, allowing her entrance to the University of Denver at age fifteen. Continuing her education, she earned two additional degrees, one being her PhD in inter­national studies. Impressed by Rice during a 1980 fellowship, Stanford University offered her a teaching position, where she remained a popular professor until her appointment to provost. In 2000, President George W. Bush appointed her national security advisor, making her the first African American

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and woman in the post. Four years later, Rice again made history by being named the sixty-­sixth secretary of state. With tenacity, intelligence, and determination, Condoleezza Rice continues to shatter the glass ceilings of society.

Differences can be a strength.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The people of the Middle East share the desire for freedom. We have an opportunity¯and an

obligation¯to help them turn this desire into reality.

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GREAT QUOTES from Condoleezza Rice

Foreign policy is ultimately about security—­about

defending

our people, our society, and our values, such as freedom, tolerance, openness, and diversity.

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People may oppose you, but when they realize you can hurt them, they’ll join your side.

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GREAT QUOTES from Condoleezza Rice

The essence of America—­ that which really unites us—­ is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion—­it is an idea—­ and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.

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I WOULD LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED AS SOMEONE WHO WAS NOT AFRAID TO DO WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO, AND AS SOMEONE WHO TOOK RISKS ALONG THE WAY IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE HER GOALS.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

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riginally an American physicist and astronaut, Sally Ride became the first American woman

in space in 1983. After growing up in Los Angeles, Ride went to Stanford University to study physics and English and stayed at the school until she had earned her PhD in 1978. That same year, Ride was accepted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) astronaut program, a position for which 1,000 other applicants had applied. Ride was the third woman and the youngest American to travel to space. While at NASA, she was a part of the investigations of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters and was the only person to participate on both.

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GREAT QUOTES from SAlly RidE

In 2001, Ride founded a company to promote educational opportunities for young girls and to encourage them to take part in science and math.

I suggest taking

the high

road and have a little sense of humor and let things roll off your back. I think that’s

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it. I didn’t really think about it that much at the time…but I came to

appreciate what an honor it was to be selected to be the first to get a chance to go into space.

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GREAT QUOTES from Sally Ride

It means a lot to me that my participation in that flight has meant so much to so many people. And I hadn’t appreciated how much it did really mean to people, how much it touched particularly

women, until after my flight. The first few months after my flight I was really struck by the way that women of all ages—­from college students to sixty-­year-­old, seventy-­year-­old, eighty-­year-­old women—­reacted to me. It was just something that they never thought they would see. And it

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I

got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.

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GREAT QUOTES from SAlly RidE

Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday.

You can’t be what you can’t see.

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Eleanor Roosevelt LIFE WAS MEANT TO BE LIVED, AND CURIOSITY MUST BE KEPT ALIVE. ONE MUST NEVER, FOR WHATEVER REASON, TURN HIS BACK ON LIFE.

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nna Eleanor Roosevelt, known to most simply as Eleanor, was a United Nations diplomat, human­itarian, and wife of President

Franklin D. Roosevelt. More than that, though, Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most widely admired women in the world and to this day continues to be an inspiration to many. In particular, she is recognized for her outspoken nature and con­troversial viewpoints—­Roosevelt refused to stand idly by her husband when she saw a need to answer. During her twelve years as First Lady (1933–­1945), the unprecedented breadth of her activities and advocacy of liberal causes made her nearly as con­troversial a figure as her husband. Roosevelt instituted regular White House press conferences for female cor­respondents for

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the first time. In deference to the pres­ident’s illness, she helped serve as his “eyes and ears” throughout the country. She showed particular interest in such humanitarian concerns as child welfare, slum clearance projects, and equal rights. After President Roosevelt’s death, in 1945, President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt a delegate to the United Nations, where, as chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, she played a major role in the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

love is an education in itself.

The giving of

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

It isn’t enough to talk about peace.

One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it.

One must work at it.

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GREAT QUOTES from Eleanor Roosevelt

Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.

I£i

Life was meant to be lived... One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

When you

cease to make a

contribution, you begin to die.

I think it is a tremendous

loss to a child to grow up in a family without conversation.

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

the face…

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J. K. Rowling WHATEVER MONEY YOU MIGHT HAVE, SELF-­WORTH REALLY LIES IN FINDING OUT WHAT YOU DO BEST.

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oanne “Jo” Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer best known for writing

the Harry Potter series. Before writing the bestselling book series in history, Rowling was a single mother who was on the verge of poverty. Rowling has used her fame and success to support charities like Comic Relief, One Parent Families, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos. She has been called the Most Influential Woman in Britain as she gives social, moral, and political inspiration to her fans.

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GREAT QUOTES from J. K. ROwlinG

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we

have

the power to imagine better.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Love is the strongest power there is.

I£i As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

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GREAT QUOTES from J. K. ROwlinG

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

You will never truly

know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.

I£i

What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does.

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GREAT QUOTES from J. K. Rowling

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

I£i

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

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Wilma Rudolph NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF DREAMS AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

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ne of twenty-­two children, Wilma Rudolph grew up in Tennessee. Stricken with polio at an early age, Wilma believed she would one

day walk again without braces because of her mother’s inspiration. When she was nine, the braces were removed, and Rudolph spent all of her free time running and at play. In the years that followed, she was extremely active in basketball and track. She excelled as an athlete, and her years of dedication were rewarded in 1960 at the Olympic Games in Rome. Rudolph was the first woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics in track and field. Wilma Rudolph passed on her skill and determi­nation as the track director and special consultant on minority affairs at DePauw University. As an outstanding field and track champion, Wilma Rudolph raised women’s track to the forefront in the United States.

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My mother was the one who made me

work, made me believe that one day it would be possible for me to walk without braces.

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When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult.

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GREAT QUOTES from Wilma Rudolph

Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life.

I£i

I would be very disappointed if I were only remembered as a runner because I feel that my contribution to the youth of America has far exceeded the woman who was the Olympic champion. The challenge is still there.

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Sheryl Sandberg GQGWomen_INT-FQC.indd 188

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WE HOLD OURSELVES BACK IN WAYS BOTH BIG AND SMALL, BY LACKING SELF-­ CONFIDENCE, BY NOT RAISING OUR HANDS, AND BY PULLING BACK WHEN WE SHOULD BE LEANING IN.

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heryl Sandberg is an American technology executive and activist who is the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the

bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. With a degree from Harvard Business School, Sandberg worked in government for a few years but left to take part in the booming industry of technology, particularly at Google. Sandberg was the vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations and helped launch Google.org, which is the charitable arm of the company. With a reputation of professional success behind her, Sandberg went to work for Facebook, and in June 2012, she became the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board.

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As a strong activist for women’s rights, Sandberg serves on the board for Women for Women International and has given a TED Talk entitled “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.”

The upside

of painful knowledge is so

much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to

achieving your potential.

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GREAT QUOTES from Sheryl Sandberg

It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very

clear path to happiness.

I£i

I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe.

Or you can try to find meaning. 193

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

If I had to embrace a definition of success, it would be that success is making the best

choices we can… and accepting them.

I£i

Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.

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GREAT QUOTES from ShERyl SAndBERG

Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment.

Perfection is the enemy.

I£i

I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and

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Margaret Chase Smith MORAL COWARDICE THAT KEEPS US FROM SPEAKING OUR MINDS IS AS DANGEROUS TO THIS COUNTRY AS IRRESPONSIBLE TALK.

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aine native Margaret Chase Smith began her political career in 1940, when at the age of

thirty-three she became a member of the Republican State Committee. In 1940, Smith was elected to the Seventy-Seventh Congress. Her work as an advocate for female status in the military while on the House Naval Affairs Committee earned her the title “Mother of the Waves.” The independent-thinking congresswoman from Maine served eight years in the House of Representatives until she was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1948. Margaret Chase Smith’s honest, straightforward way gained her widespread popularity across the

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GREAT QUOTES from MARGARET chASE SMiTh

country and serious consideration to be America’s first female vice presidential candidate.

I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace

of mind until we are secure in our own soul.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a

high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.

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GREAT QUOTES from Margaret Chase Smith

My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that

every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that

honor is to be earned but not bought. 201

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The right way is not always the

popular

and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral

character.

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One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people

talk too much and think

too little. They act too impulsively without thinking.

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THE BIGGEST LESSON I LEARNED IN MY CAREER WAS TO ASK OTHER PEOPLE WHAT THEY MAKE. BECAUSE THE MEN USUALLY MAKE MORE THAN YOU DO. AND IT’S GOOD TO KNOW. YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO ASK. BUT IT’S GOOD TO ASK.

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nown as one of the best American actresses in history, Meryl Streep uses her fame to promote

gender equality. This winner of multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards is also a spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum and argues for equal gender pay. Additionally, Streep has supported Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign, an organization aimed at spreading empowerment and education to girls and women. Streep has also established scholarships at the University of Massachusetts and funded a screenwriters’ lab for female screenwriters. On a global landscape, Streep has signed an open letter for the ONE Campaign, urging leaders in Germany and South Africa to focus on women in their development goals for the generation.

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GREAT QUOTES from MERyl STREEp

I’m sort of in

love with what

I don’t know. I’m in awe of what is not explainable or predictable.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

You have to embrace getting older.

Life is precious and when you’ve lost a lot of people, you realize that each

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day is a gift.

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GREAT QUOTES from Meryl Streep

It’s good to push yourself and do what you don’t necessarily want to do, that if you’re not automatically good at it, you should try it.

Trying is so important.

I£i

I want to feel my life while I’m in it.

I£i

The great

gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. 209

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

INTEGRATE WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN EVERY SINGLE AREA OF YOUR LIFE. TAKE YOUR HEART TO WORK AND ASK THE MOST AND BEST OF EVERYBODY ELSE TOO.

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GREAT QUOTES from Meryl Streep

People will say to me, “You’ve played so many strong women” and I’ll say, “Have you ever said to a man, ’You’ve played so many strong men?‘” No! Because the expectation is [men] are varied. Why can’t we have that expectation about women?

Power, influence, strength—­all those things can overpower what’s important in life. But as long as you have food and shelter over your head, if the necessities are taken care of, what makes us happy on top of that is very simple. 211

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Margaret Thatcher I LOVE ARGUMENT, I LOVE DEBATE. I DON’T EXPECT ANYONE JUST TO SIT THERE AND AGREE WITH ME, THAT’S NOT THEIR JOB.

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argaret Thatcher was the first woman in European history to be elected prime minister.

The daughter of a grocer, she received her degree in chemistry at Oxford, where she became pres­ident of the University Conservative Association. During the 1950s, she worked as a research chemist and also studied law, specializing in taxation. Thatcher ran for Parliament in 1950, but it was not until 1959 that she was finally elected to the House of Commons. She served as parliamen­tary secretary to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance and later as education minister. She was elected the leader of the Conservative

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Party in 1975, and the party’s victory in the 1979 elections elevated her to the office of prime minister. Margaret Thatcher became known as the “Iron Lady” because of her dedication to the ideals in which she believed and the grace to get them accomplished.

Advisers advise, and ministers decide.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to

have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.

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GREAT QUOTES from MARGARET ThATchER

I£i I am extraordinarily

patient,

provided I get my own way in the end.

I£i

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I’ve got a woman’s ability to stick and get

to a job

on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.

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GREAT QUOTES from Margaret Thatcher

Pennies don’t fall from heaven.

They have to be earned on earth.

I£i

Let our children

grow tall, and

some taller than others if they have

it in them to do so.

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Harriet Tubman I HAD REASONED THIS OUT IN MY MIND, THERE WAS ONE OF TWO THINGS I HAD A RIGHT TO, LIBERTY AND DEATH. IF I COULD NOT HAVE ONE, I WOULD HAVE THE OTHER, FOR NO MAN SHOULD TAKE ME ALIVE.

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orn a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman yearned to be free. In 1849, she made her escape to

Pennsylvania through the Underground Railroad. She then used that route nineteen more times, returning to the South to lead more than three hundred slaves to freedom. As the years passed, Tubman became known as the “Moses” of her people, directing them out of an enslaved land. During the Civil War, she served the Union Army as a nurse and a spy. With black soldiers, she mobilized an effort to free slaves who had not been released by their masters. Following the war, Tubman raised funds to construct schools for ex-slaves. She labored for female

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suffrage and, in 1903, established a shelter for poor, homeless blacks. An American heroine, Harriet Tubman is remembered as an extraordinary humanitarian.

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength

lasted.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the

stars to change the world.

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GREAT QUOTES from Harriet Tubman

I grew up like a neglected weed~­ ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.

I£i I had crossed the line of which I had so long been dreaming. I

was free; but there was

no one to welcome me to the land of freedom.

I was a stranger in a strange land. 225

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I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.

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GREAT QUOTES from Harriet Tubman

I£i When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW. PASSION IS THE FUEL BEHIND A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.

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eg Whitman is the president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and chairwoman of HP Inc. As an American busi-

ness executive, political activist, and donor, Whitman has worked for companies like DreamWorks, Hasbro, and The Walt Disney Company. She played an instrumental role in the development and success of eBay as the president and CEO of the company. Aside from business, Whitman also has interests in politics, and in 2008, the New York Times considered her among the women most likely to become the first female president of the United States. Two years later, Whitman ran for governor of California but lost the election to Jerry Brown.

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In an effort to give back, Whitman founded the Griffith R. Harsh IV and Margaret C. Whitman Charitable Foundation by donating 300,000 shares of eBay stock in 2006. The proceeds of this foundation are donated to help the environment and schools.

Guess what?

The world changes.

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Problems are good, as long as you solve them quickly.

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GREAT QUOTES from Meg Whitman

A business leader has to keep their organization focused on the mission. That sounds easy, but it can be tremendously challenging in today’s competitive and ever-­ changing business environment. A leader also has to motivate potential partners to join.

I£i “Perfect” is the enemy of “good enough.”

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Oprah Gail Winfrey THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF ALL TIME IS THAT A PERSON CAN CHANGE HIS FUTURE BY MERELY CHANGING HIS ATTITUDE.

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nown as the Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey has been called the greatest Black philanthropist in American history.

Born into poverty and raised in inner-­city Milwaukee, Oprah worked hard to overcome familial struggles, sexual abuse, and socioeconomic class barriers to become one of the most influential and powerful women in the world. As a talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah has shared her success to help others. In 1998, she launched Oprah’s Angel Network, which provided grants to nonprofit organizations and supported charitable projects around the world. Her charity program ran for over a decade, donating money to schools and disaster relief. She has also founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to provide better opportunities for girls who have disadvantaged backgrounds.

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I am a woman

in process.

I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never

dull.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

I will continue to use my voice. I believed from the beginning that [the lawsuit] was an attempt to muzzle my voice, and I come from a people who have struggled and died in order to have a voice in this country. And I refused to be muzzled.

I never think about what I want. It’s about what you want to give to other people.

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I believe that everyone is the

keeper of a dream and by tuning in to one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT WOMEN

So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.

I£i

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

I£i

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. 240

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GREAT QUOTES from Oprah Gail Winfrey

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.

I£i

The reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money.

I£i

You know you are on the road

to success if you

would do your job, and not be paid for it. 241

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THOUGH WE DO NEED MORE WOMEN TO GRADUATE WITH TECHNICAL DEGREES, I ALWAYS LIKE TO REMIND WOMEN THAT YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY DEGREES TO BUILD A CAREER IN TECH.

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nown as the Most Important Person in Advertising, Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube. With degrees in history

and literature from Harvard University, Wojcicki originally planned on pursuing a career in academia with a PhD in economics; however, her plans changed when she developed more of an interest in technology. Having worked in marketing at Intel, Wojcicki left to become Google’s first marketing manager in 1999. As the vice president of advertising and commerce, Wojcicki helped develop Google Images, Google Books, and AdSense (which became the second largest source of revenue at Google). She also oversaw Google Video and had proposed to the company’s board that they should purchase YouTube. She handled this acquisition for the company and became the CEO of YouTube in 2014.

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GREAT QUOTES from SUSAn wOJcicKi

Work smart. Get things done. No nonsense.

Move fast.

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Things are always changing. Part of being successful here is being comfortable with not knowing what’s going to happen.

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GREAT QUOTES from Susan Wojcicki

Life doesn’t always present you with the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. Opportunities come when you least expect them, or when you’re not ready for them. Rarely are opportunities presented to you in the perfect way, in a nice little box with a yellow bow on top... Opportunities, the good ones, they’re messy and confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.

I£i

From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives. If you can create technology, you can change the world. 247

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Malala Yousafzai I RAISE UP MY VOICE NOT SO I CAN SHOUT, BUT SO THAT THOSE WITHOUT A VOICE CAN BE HEARD. WE CANNOT SUCCEED WHEN HALF OF US ARE HELD BACK.

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alala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize

laureate. She grew up in the Swat Valley and when the Taliban started attacking schools for girls, she began speaking out for women’s rights at the age of eleven. Four years later, Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head. She survived the attack and returned to her activism stronger than before. In 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2015 she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon.

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GREAT QUOTES from MAlAlA yOUSAfzAi

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

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GREAT QUOTES from GREAT wOMEn

Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it,

I should not lose hope.

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GREAT QUOTES from Malala Yousafzai

We were scared, but our fear

was not as strong as our courage.

I£i

I don’t want to be thought of as “The

girl who was shot by the Taliban” but “The girl who fought for education.” This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.

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Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. What is interesting is the power and the impact of social media… So we must try to use social media in a good way.

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GREAT QUOTES from MAlAlA yOUSAfzAi

We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other.

I£i

The best

way to solve

problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.

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