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Celebrate International Woman’s Day with Quotes from 9 Literary Ladies

by Maegan Wagner

Maya Angelou, Charlotte  Bronte, Virginia Wolf, Toni Morrison. Margaret Atwood

Maya Angelou, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Wolf, Toni Morrison. Margaret Atwood

Biographile’s This Week in History remembers events of the past, and the icons that set them in motion. If you’re stirred by the words below, read more inspiring author quotes.

March 8, marks the International Women’s Day. From the humble, socialist beginnings America’s National Women’s Day in 1909 and the first official international version observed by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland in 1911, International Women’s Day has grown to include celebrations the world over. It was once a holiday with a clear political message — women’s liberation, the suffrage movement, and fair labor practices for women. In Russia in 1917, protests against war, rationing, and czarism organized for the holiday actually marked the start of  the February Revolution and led directly to the fall of  Czar Nicholas II. By 1975, the U.N. officially recognized it as an international holiday.

Today, we mark International Women’s Day with a roundup of women whose words have shaped our world.

Malala Yousafzai

1. Malala Yousafzai (July 12, 1997)
“A girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she’s not only a mother, she’s not only a sister, she’s not only a wife. But a girl has the — she should have an identity. She should be recognized and she has equal rights as a boy.” (“Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech,” 2014)

Margaret Atwood

2. Margaret Atwood (November 18, 1939)
“Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who’ll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings? To me it’s the latter, so I sign up.” (Qtd, Women Know Everything!,Karen Weekes, 2007)

Sylvia Plath

3. Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932)
“I began to see why woman-haters could make such fools of women. Woman-haters were like gods: invulnerable and chock-full of power. They descended, and then they disappeared. You could never catch one.” (The Bell Jar, 1963)

Toni Morrison

4. Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931)
“Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” (Song of Solomon, 1977)

Maya Angelou

5. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928)
“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.” (Qtd, Diversity: Leaders Not Labels, Stedman Graham, 2006)

Virginia Woolf

6. Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882)
“Why have I so little control? It is the case of much waste and pain in my life. (“15 September 1926.” A Moment’s Liberty, 1990)

Emily Brontë

7. Emily Brontë (July 30, 1818)
“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.” (Wuthering Heights, 1847)

Charlotte Brontë

8. Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816)
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.” (Jane Eyre, 1847)

Jane Austen

9. Jane Austen (December 16, 1775)
“It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.” (Emma, 1816)



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