When you're looking for positive affirmations, who do you turn to? It could be your sister, a mentor, or even your favorite celebrity. But in a world full of chatter defining what a woman should and shouldn't be, the scrutiny of society causes women (sometimes) to lose themselves trying to fit in. So how do you overcome this?
On June 24, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has once again challenged the autonomy of women in the United States to decide and defend their reproductive healthcare rights. Because of this and so many other issues, women are rising up and finding their resilience in light of dictatory rules and overbearing voices.
In solidarity of women opposing the Roe v. Wade overturn, Michelle Obama shared an empowering message: "Our hearts may be broken today, but tomorrow, we've got to get up and find the courage to keep working towards creating the more just America we all deserve. We have so much left to push for, to rally for, to speak up for—and I know we can do this together."
If ever you find you're doubting yourself, take inspiration from what Angelina Jolie wrote in a 2013 op-ed in The New York Times: "Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of."
Or suppose someone judges your capabilities based on gender and exterior biases. Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton will remind you to be bold in any situation; she said, "If you're comfortable with yourself and know yourself, you're going to shine and radiate, and other people are going to be drawn to you," in an interview with HuffPost.
With these empowering quotes for and by strong women, from the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and of course, Oprah, we hope you'll be inspired to see your own power and continue moving forward through all of life's obstacles. Rise to the challenge. You are worthy of love and respect!
"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain," the legendary writer said in Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now.
"I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good. That's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family—I don’t seek out any other acceptance," Clarkson told Heat magazine in 2015.
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"I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be," Adichie wrote in her book We Should All Be Feminist.
“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness," Barrymore told People in 2007.
"If you’re comfortable with yourself and know yourself, you’re going to shine and radiate, and other people are going to be drawn to you," Parton said in a 2016 interview with HuffPost.
“The truth is nobody knows what’s inside of you. Only you know what’s inside of you. Only you know what you can accomplish, and what you’re capable of. Whatever you feel in your heart and in your gut, you should follow that,” Lopez said during her State Farm Neighborhood Sessions in 2014.
As the Lifestyle Writer at OprahMag.com, I cover beauty, style, relationships & love, work & money, health, and food. When I'm not working, you'll find me watching Bravo, on the hunt for the perfect jeans and white tee, or taking my yorkie, Chloe, out for walks in Riverdale, New York.
Riane Capalad is the Editorial Intern at Oprah Daily, where she covers a little bit of everything from culture to achieving your healthiest self. Riane is also the first to represent the Northern Mariana Islands as she joins the OD team. When she's not working, she's either running, journaling, or planning her next trip to who knows where! Follow her on Instagram.
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