From professional athletes to design legends to heads of state, women have been quietly changing the world for centuries. Women have a great deal of wisdom to offer but they often get drowned out in an overwhelming ocean of male voices. Here are some inspirational quotes from women throughout history. Beneath each quote you can find a link that will take you to a page where you can find out more about the women who were inspiring enough to be quoted.

You may not agree with their lifestyle, politics, religion or public stance, but we quote men all the time without any regard to so many of the same aspects of their lives. Women who have wisdom to offer deserve to be heard (and repeated) just as readily as men. No matter what a woman’s politics, religion or personal stance might be, no one should be better at inspiring women than inspiring women!

Coco Chanel
Joyce Meyer
Suzy Kassem
Maya Angelou
Malala Yousafzai
Sonia Sotomayor
Erin Hanson
Leymah Gbowee
Jill Blakeway
Eleanor Roosevelt
Dilma Rousseff
Peggy O’Mara