113 Hard Working Woman Quotes to Empower You

Independent, hard working women are strong, confident, and capable. They know what they want and they go after it with grace, dignity, and passion.

They’re able to think and do, and they’re not afraid to take risks. They are role models and leaders for other women, showing them how it’s possible to be successful and happy in a world full of challenges.

The hard working woman is capable of doing a tremendous amount of work that reflects their grit and determination. She’s a goal-oriented woman who can balance life and have a real impact on the people around her.

Let’s inspire and celebrate hard working women everywhere with these powerful hard working woman quotes.

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113 Hard Working Woman Quotes to Empower You

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Independent Hard Working Woman Quotes

“A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination.” — Prabal Gurung

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Unknown

“I never dreamt for success. I worked for it.” — Estee Lauder

“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm

“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our ability.” — J. K. Rowling

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm

“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.” — Nancy Rathburn

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” — Madame C.J. Walker

“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract the man she will gladly share it with.” — Ellen J. Barrier

“It’s important for women to work. They need to keep their independence, to keep earning and being challenged.” — Tamara Mellon

“I work hard, I pay my bills, I maintain myself, I’m independent. When you see me, know that’s all me. I’m not kept, I do the keeping.” — Unknown

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” — Melinda Gates

“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.” — Bruce Mars

“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.” — Lady Gaga

“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy

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Her soul is fierce. Her heart is brave. Her mind is strong.

Inspirational Quotes for the Hard Working Woman

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” — Ann Landers

The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” — Unknown

“If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.” — Coco Chanel

“My father had a very simple view of life: you don’t get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned, through work, persistence and honesty.” — Grace Kelly

“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” — Tabitha Mort

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” — Oprah Winfrey

“I am a working woman. I take care of a home. I hold down a job. I am nuts.” — Barbara Dale

“Whenever I feel bad, I use that feeling to motivate me to work harder. I only allow myself one day to feel sorry for myself. When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.” — Beyoncé Knowles

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.”Maya Angelou

“A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong.” — Unknown

“Dreams are lovely but they are dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes

“I figure, if a girl wants to be a legend, she should proceed and be one.” — Calamity Jane

“You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.” — Marsha Evans

“One of the most courageous things you can do is recognize yourself, understand who you are, what you think in and where you wish to go.” — Unknown

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Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.

“Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” — Margaret Sanger

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”Helen Keller

“She wraps herself in strength, carries herself with confidence, and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand.” — Proverbs 31: 16-17

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a b**ch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”Eleanor Roosevelt

“The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.” — Unknown

“A woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild

“Do not whine…do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” — Joan Didion

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” — Madonna

“Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds, because in giving up, you give up hope. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.” — Sonia Sotomayor

“Doing the best at this minute puts you in the most OK location for the next moment.” — Unknown

“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and construct others, will love and be loved; women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.” — Unknown

 “Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” — Diana Ross

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Unknown

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There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.

Leadership Quotes for Women

“Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success…but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going…you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.” — Taylor Swift

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein

“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier

“”My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion; some compassion; some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams (unconfirmed)

“We learned about dignity and decency—that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.” — Michelle Obama

“What you do has far greater impact that what you say.” — Stephen Covey

 “As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.”  — Indra Nooyi

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration.” — Robin S Sharma

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

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

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz

“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

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” — Margaret Thatcher

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

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.” — Melinda Gates

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” — Dolly Parton

“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation w bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” – Bosa Sebele

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She was unstoppable… not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.

Hard Working Women Quotes

“The perfect woman, you see is a working-woman, not a fine lady but one whouses her hands and her head and her heart for the good of others.” – Thomas Hardy

“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” — Mary Elizabeth Winstead

“She wraps herself in strength carries herself with confidence and works hard, strengthening her arms for the task at hand.” — Unknown

“A strong woman is someone who raises other women up instead of tearing them down.” — Bruce Mars      

“I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b**ch, Okay.” — Madonna

“Behind every working woman is an enormous pile of unwashed laundry.” — Barbara Dale

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” — Korhan Erdol

“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” – Kavita Ramdas

“A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, let’s go, tries again, and perseveres… no matter what life throws at her.” – Unknown

“Success isn’t given. It’s earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.” — Unknown

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.” — Artem Beliaikin

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The question isn’t who’s going to let me… it’s who’s going to stop me?

Hard Working Lady Quotes

“Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it. Just stand there trembling, not moving. Assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.” — Sandra Oh

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” — Marie Curie

“Write your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It’s much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands.” — Mindy Kaling

“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.” – Unknown

“What’s so great about working with really funny women is that vanity comes second. Whatever makes it real and funny, they’re going to go for, and it’s just great.” – Paul Feig

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa

“Be a strong woman so your daughter will have a role model and your son will know what to look for in a woman when he’s a man.” – Unknown

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Here’s to strong women… may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Short Hard Working Woman Quotes to Inspire You

These short quotes and sayings can be written on sticky notes, sent in text messages or cards, and used on social media posts to inspire you and the other strong hard working women in your life.

“I’ve worked too hard to quit now.”

“Money does not impress a hard working woman.”  

“Sometimes you gotta be a beauty and a beast.”

“You’re gonna be happy” said life, “but first I’ll make you strong.”

“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”

“I am not a difficult woman at all. I am simply a strong woman and know my worth.”

“Don’t be the girl who fell. Be the girl who got back up.”

“Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry.”

“Alone, by herself, she built the kingdom that she wanted.” 

“Some women are lost in the fire, some women are built from it.”

“It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.”

“Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!”

“You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.”

“Her damaged petals are what made her more beautiful than all the other flowers.”

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”

“Sometimes an angel, sometimes a hell-raiser, always a strong and independent woman.”

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.”

“A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.”

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”

“You had the power all along my dear.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“It needs to be said and heard: it’s OK to be who you are.”

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on…”

“Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil says, Oh no, she’s up.”

“Miracles happen every day, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.”

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Sometimes an angel. Sometimes a hell raiser. Always a strong woman.

Final Thoughts about Hard Working Woman Quotes

Hardworking women are part of a new social phenomenon of corporate America where the glass ceiling is finally being broken. Low-wage jobs and stereotypical female careers are no longer the norm in today’s society.

Little girls should grow up with a mindset that they can be and do whatever they want in life with success and happiness. Women today are leading different kinds of lives than their predecessors lived — and they should be darn proud!

I hope these powerful quotes about hard working women inspire you to believe that you can live the life of passion and purpose that you want to live.

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