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Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

The following quotes are words of inspiration by some of the smartest, most talented professionals in the world, from Hillary Clinton to Malala Yousafzai.

“Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”

Carly Fiorina (Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard)

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate

“Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want.”

Dianne Feinstein (Senior US Senator)

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”

Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

“I think the truth of the matter is, people who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love and it just so happens that they are the first to do it.”

Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State

“Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good.”
– Joanne Ciulla (Author)

“Leaders are not just born. Sure, some people are born with strong competencies and strengths for leading in certain situations, but it is very clear that leadership can also be developed. That means everyone can strengthen their skills and abilities to lead and influence.”

– Dr. Susan Madsen (Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Utah Valley University)

“If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances.”

Sallie Krawcheck (CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest)

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”

Rosalynn Carter (Former US First Lady)

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

– Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)

“Leadership should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing.”

Mary D. Poole (Author)

“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”

Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue)

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (Former US First Lady)

“Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

Michelle Obama (US First Lady)

“Be tough, be kind. Stand up for yourself, and earn respect through hard work. Gender is a factor, so don’t let it trip you up. As long as the tech industry treats the achievements of women like they are seeing bears do backflips (that is to say, amazing and previously inconceivable feats), you will have to work twice as hard for half the recognition.”

Katie Fritz (Marketing Manager of Trippeo)

“I am nice. There’s not such a thing as ‘too nice.’ But my expectations are high, and people do rise to my expectations. I don’t manage based on fear. I manage based on expectations.”

Marjorie Kaplan (Group President of Animal Planet)

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?”

Ayn Rand (Author)

“Success is an exception, so be exceptional.”

Malti Bhojwani (Professional Coach & Author)

“I have broken many glass ceilings – so I know it can be done.”

Helen Clark (Head of UNDP, former New Zealand Prime Minister)

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Oprah Winfrey (TV Personality)


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