Beyoncé said it best: girls run the world. The power, strength and determination of women have provided the fuel to many movements and ideas that have changed the world.
Black girls often must go the extra mile to win against both racism and sexism in a patriarchal society. The intersectional experience of black woman has not hindered the magnitude of our power.
Be inspired by the following quotes. These black women speak directly to the girl waiting to step out of her comfort zone and activate her magic or the girl who is already on top. There are words to soothe every soul.
“If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.” – Ava DuVernay
“You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you.”- Josephine Baker
“We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.” – Ethel Waters”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross
“Be stingy with your time and spend it in spaces that fill you up” – Janet Mock
“It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience” – Lupita Nyong’o
“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.” – Harriet Tubman
“I don’t harp on the negative because if you do, then there’s no progression. There’s no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.” – Taraji P. Henson
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells-Barnett
“If you’ve been doing all you can and it’s not happening for you, go out and have you a good old time. Put on your sexy dress and move on.” – Beyoncé
“Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.” – Michelle Obama
“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” – Marva Collins”
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” – Audre Lorde”