“I ask for no favours for my sex…All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.” Sarah Moore Grimke.
Such a real and relatable quote at this point in time when we all witnessed on TV what happened to George Floyd, right? Yes, just like the Black Lives Matter movement, women have been complaining about the various form of covert discrimination they face based on gender.
At the workplace, women are underrepresented, especially in senior roles. This is both in politics and in business.
As of 2020, 93% of Fortune 500 CEOs are male.
We could list the ways in which women are discriminated at the workplace, but this article is meant to be full of inspirational quotes for you as a working woman.
For all the women at the workplace, either doing it in boardrooms, offices, factories, running their business, working from home…all women. Because even raising the kids, doing domestic chores is work, and should be compensated.
Quotes about working women
One of the ways leaders can inspire younger women and girls to dream big and take up leadership is by ensuring that they keep the doors open for them to access opportunities.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operation Officer of Facebook and author of many inspirational books including Lean In: Women. Work and the Will to Lead has been quoted many times when addressing the topic of women in leadership.
We went ahead and collected the best of her the quotes for you.
1. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
2. Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.
3. We hold ourselves back both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.
4. It’s the ultimate luxury to combine both passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.
5. Taking initiative pays off. It’s hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.
6. You’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.
7. Bring your whole self to work, I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It’s all professional and it’s all personal.
8. We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
9. Leadership belongs to those who take it.
10. Feeling confident-or pretending to feel confident- is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliche’, but opportunities are rarely offered, they’re seized.
11. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have. The upside of knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.
12. If you do please everyone, you are not making enough progress.
Quotes for the working woman
Many more women have been at the forefront of advocating for equal rights, such as equal pay for equal work for the working woman.
Here are more inspirational quotes on the same.
1. Every woman I know, especially the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue. -Sheryl Sandberg
2. Remember, that women in business are the future. A softer approach does not mean a weak one. Julia Moir
3. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt.
4. If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. Anon
5. The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. Roseanne Barr
6. Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels. Bob Thaves
7. Develop the art of instantly imagining how your words will sound to someone across the table with a different agenda to your own. Jo Haigh
8. Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.
9. Speak your mind even if your voice shakes. Maggie Kuhn.
10. If there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself. Beyonce
Quotes for working mothers
Achieving a work-life balance is a desire that a lot of working mothers.
I don’t think there’s a perfect solution to this. Even PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi says that she doesn’t think women can have it all. She also adds her observation that ‘the biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other.’
You should definitely check that 4-minute honest video on the myth that is work/life balance.
What works is finding an arrangement that works for you.
1. Recognize that each time a new phase in the home life occurs, like starting school, you face new challenges. Don’t lose sight of the fact that these are primarily great fun and bring you joy. The balancing act never ends but there’s always a way through. Sarah Deaves
2. Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. – Sheryl Sandberg
3. No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself. Rabbi Sofer
4. Ensure the agreed times and days spent at home (or work) are kept to. Both office and family can organize their lives around you and everyone knows when and where you are for them. At the end of it all, the husband and children will respect you for working. Rolline Frewen
5. When I had a small baby I arranged meetings around feed times and took my baby everywhere! – Gail Carter
6. Don’t be afraid to lay down guidelines of when you can work. A good boss will respect that – there is no shame in having a life. However, when you are at work, put your all into being focused. Don’t waste time, plan your week and that way you’ll feel OK about leaving on time.’ Fay Sharpe
6. Set clear protocols on how you want to be, be open about it and tell everyone. I made a mistake by not telling people I was working four days a week. Start the way you mean to go. Fiona Sheridan
7. You are not a bad mom because you go to work each day. Similarly, you’re not a failure because you left your career altogether. Choices regarding work and family are personal – there’s no one size fits all method. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Candace Alnaji
8. The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don’t think I’ll ever perfect, but I love the challenge. Kerri Walsh Jennings
9. Dear mothers, you’ll learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep baby safe, warm, fed and loved. And that is more than enough. Anonymous
Dear woman, don’t try to navigate the corporate or working world by carrying around self-defeating statements such as ‘I’m lucky to have this job or ‘I have to prove myself to this panel’.
Instead, remind yourself that you have worked hard and that you deserve it. You have put in many hours to be this brilliant, right? And you know it. Own that brilliance. Take up leadership roles. Challenge mediocrity. Move from comfort zones.
Be shameless about what you deserve. Shine. Bloom!