When I started thinking about what I was going to write for this Thursday’s Throwback I was at a complete loss. Do you ever have those weeks where you just feel dried up? Like you WANT to feel inspired and get fired up about something happening in the world, but the juices just aren’t flowin’? Me this week. So, to get myself out of this funk I simply started searching for awesome women in history and quickly found (not that I’m surprised) that there are so many women who have words far better than I could ever write.

Side note: Don’t you hate that? When someone can articulate exactly what they want to say and inspire millions in less than 20 words – Ugh. Teach me your ways!

Anyway, instead of listening to me ramble on for 1000 words (kind of making my point by the end), you get one sentence from 15 women who are infinitely more articulate and inspiring than I will ever be. I am left still feeling creatively dry, but incredibly hopeful, because you don’t have to look very hard to find amazing women who have the words when you are at a loss. That makes me happy and full and excited for our world. Happy Thursday.

Sojourner Truth:
“You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights anyway.”

Margaret Fuller:
“I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.”

Thuli Madonsel:
“I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.”

Barbara Jordan:
“For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.”

Elizabeth Blackwell:
“If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodelled.”

Gwendolyn Brooks:
“Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.”

Florence Nightingale:
“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”

Susan B. Anthony:
“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations can never effect a reform.”

Amelia Earhart:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Barbara Corcoran:
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”

B. Smith:
“I have stood on a mountain of ‘no’s’ for one ‘yes’.”

Sonia Sotomayor:
“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.”

Jane Fonda:
“The challenge is not the be perfect… it’s to be whole.”

Gloria Steinem:
“Dying seems less sad than having lived too little.”

Nancy Rathburn:
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”

Hannah Hannah

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