While it is fair to say the gender gap has decreased, and there are a lot of highly successful women, we can all have days where we feel like we are just not getting there. Breaking through the glass ceiling can still seem like an impossible challenge, so when you are feeling a little below par and in need of some extra motivation why not check out what these ten boss ladies have to say.
1) Oprah Winfrey
The highly successful media mogul, queen of talk shows, producer, actress and philanthropist – nothing much this strong and successful lady hasn’t turned her hand to.
“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”
2) Meg Whitman
Meg is the CEO and President of highly successful technology company HP. Meg has a string of accomplishments on her CV. She is also a political activist and campaign donor. Her quote might be short and sweet but it packs a punch.
“Run to the fire; don’t hide from it.”
3) Melinda Gates
Melinda is the co-founder of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, Microsoft visionary Bill Gates. Her charitable work is faultless and her determination remarkable.
“I tell my daughters to have their voice in this world, and it became clear I needed to role model that.”
4) Michelle Obama
Former first lady and wife of Barak Obama, Michelle carried her position as an influencer with grace and decorum. In her career, Michelle is a successful lawyer and writer.
“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”
5) Guo Pei
While she might not be a household name, Guo Pei is a successful fashion designer from China. Many of her dresses have been seen on the red carpet, and her work is highly demanded in America.
“I don’t follow trends or try to compete with anyone. Everything I do stems from following my passion and my love for design.”
6) Gloria Steinem
American feminist and journalist, Gloria is best known as the leader and activist for the American feminist movement that took place towards the end of the 1960’s and into the early 1907’s.
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”
7) Amy Cuddy
Amy is the author of Presence and a researcher at Harvard Business School.
“The way you tell your story to yourself matters.”
8) Condoleezza Rice
The former US Secretary of State during the George W Bush administration, Condoleezza is a political scientist and diplomat.
“I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens they are the first to do it.”
9) Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen is best known for being the author of The Happiness Project.
“What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if nobody paid me.”
10) Sarah Michelle Gellar
Actress turned entrepreneur Sarah is a household name famed for many influential women roles.
“If you have an idea, you have to believe in yourself or no one else will.”
Some pretty powerful quotes to inspire you! Believe in yourself and aim high.