Quotes on Black Women Inspirational

Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. Susan L Taylor

Don't let anyone rob you of hope. Pope Francis

I am the dream and the hope of the slave Maya Angelou

My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you. Paul Robeson

There ain't nothin' like a Black woman. Tupac Shakur

. . . no Black woman can become an intellectual without decolonizing her mind. Bell Hooks

The black woman had had to struggle against being a person of great strength. Dorothy Height

I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay. Wanda Sykes

Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires ... June Jordan


If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander. Mary Mcleod Bethune

Womanists is what black feminists used to call themselves. Very much so. They were not the same thing. And also the relationship with men. Historically, black women have always sheltered their men because they were out there, and they were the ones that were most likely to be killed. Toni Morrison

Feminism as a theoretical enterprise is approached differently by Black women depending on where we are. There are more reformist Black women who tend to use the phrase "Black feminism". Bell Hooks

We black women are the single group in the West intact. And anybody can see we're pretty shaky. We are, however (all praises), the only group that derives its identity from itself. Nikki Giovanni

Perhaps...I am the face of one of your fears. Because I am a woman, because I am Black, because I am a lesbian, because I am myself-a Black woman warrior poet doing my work-come to ask you, are you doing yours? Audre Lorde

How can we teach our children to respect Black women if Black women don't respect Black women? T D Jakes

Back home the black women are all beautiful Amiri Baraka

You will be wounded many times in your life. You'll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God's way of saying, "Excuse me, you're moving in the wrong direction." It's just an experience, just an experience. Oprah Winfrey

... black women have always found that in the social order of things we're the least likely to be believed-by anyone. Joycelyn Elders

You can fall, but you can rise also. Angelique Kidjo

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. Lady Gaga

Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked 'female' Diana Vreeland

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

You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are. Melissa Etheridge

Power is not given to you. You have to take it. Beyonce Knowles

Women leave their marriages when they can't take any more. Men leave when they find someone new. J Courtney Sullivan

Any woman who has a great deal to offer the world is in trouble. And if she's a black woman, seh's in deep trouble. Hazel Scott

I enjoy that the most powerful person in Hollywood is indeed a Black woman in Oprah Winfrey. I'm hoping to just transcend beyond that. Joseph McGinty Nichol

Whenever a conscious Black woman raises her voice on issues central to her existence, somebody is going to call her strident, because they don't want to hear about it, nor us. I refuse to be silenced and I refuse to be trivialized, even if I do not say what I have to say perfectly. Audre Lorde

We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home. Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Life is a rainbow which also includes black. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Within the lesbian community I am Black, and within the Black community I am a lesbian. Any attack against Black people is a lesbian and gay issue, because I and thousands of other Black women are part of the lesbian community. Any attack against lesbians and gays is a Black issue, because thousands of lesbians and gay men are Black. There is no hierarchy of oppression. Audre Lorde

Had middle class black women begun a movement in which they had labeled themselves "oppressed," no one would have taken them seriously. Bell Hooks

Today masses of black women in the U.S. refuse to acknowledge that they have much to gain by feminist struggle. They fear feminism. They have stood in place so long that they are afraid to move. They fear change. They fear losing what little they have. Bell Hooks

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down. Thurgood Marshall

...black women write differently from white women. This is the most marked difference of all those combinations of black and white, male and female. It's not so much that women write differently from men, but that black women write differently from white women. Black men don't write very differently from white men. Toni Morrison

There is a growing strength in women, but it is in the forehead, not in the forearm. Beverly Sills

Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all. Maya Angelou

Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn't need a man; be that girl who never backed down. Taylor Swift

I've often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there's a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man. Karen Hawkins

I did everything he did but backwards & in high heels. Ginger Rogers

I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free. Emily Bronte

If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country. Malcolm X

Whatever you do, be different - that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can't think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you're different, you will stand out. Anita Roddick

One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. Franklin A. Thomas

The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. Susan B Anthony

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Elayne Boosler

The woman who follows the crowd will usually believe that I said this. Albert Einstein

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life Hillary Clinton

Give light and people will find the way. Ella Baker

I've liked different women at different times in my life. I've been attracted to white women. I've been attracted to black women. I've been attracted to Asian women. I've been attracted to various subspecies of women. I can say with gratitude that I've been able to experiment. Oliver Stone

They wanted black women to conform to the gender norms set by white society. They wanted to be recognized as 'men,' as patriarchs, by other men, including white men. Yet they could not assume this position if black women were not willing to conform to prevailing sexist gender norms. Many black women who has endured white-supremacist patriarchal domination during slavery did not want to be dominated by black men after manumission. Bell Hooks

I am a black woman the music of my song some sweet arpeggio of tears is written in a minor key and I can be heard humming in the night Can be heard humming in the night Mari Evans

If Black women stand strong and our commitment is to ending domination I know that I'm supporting Black males, Black children male and female Black elderly because the bottom line is the struggle to end domination in all its forms. Bell Hooks

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul! Ted Grant

Each person must live their life as a model for others. Rosa Parks

Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside. Rita Rudner

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. Marie Curie

, and they could name a handful. Taylor Swift

Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. Carol Moseley Braun

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. Michelle Obama

The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder-in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever. Maya Angelou

We black women must forgive black men for not protecting us against slavery, racism, white men, our confusion, their doubts. And black men must forgive black women for our own sometimes dubious choices, divided loyalties, and lack of belief in their possibilities. Only when our sons and our daughters know that forgiveness is real, existent, and that those who love them practice it, can they form bonds as men and women that really can save and change our community. Marita Golden

In our young minds houses belonged to women were their special domain, not as property, but as places where all that truly mattered in life took place - the warmth and comfort of shelter, the feeding of our bodies, the nurturing of our souls. There we learned dignity, integrity of being; there we learned to have faith. The folks who made this life possible, who were our primary guides and teachers, were black women. Bell Hooks

I would tell young people to start where they are with what they have and that the secret of a big success is starting with a small success and dreaming bigger and bigger dreams, I would tell them also that a young Black woman or a young Black man can't dream too much today or dare too much if he or she works hard, perseveres and dedicates themselves to excellence. John H Johnson

Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be. Carrie Fisher

Life is always rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. E B White

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. Marian Wright Edelman

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. Toni Morrison

What one beholds of a woman is the least part of her. Ovid

The accusation that I am a woman is incontrovertible. Frances Perkins

It is not true that one cannot live without a woman. It is simply that one cannot have lived without one. Karl Kraus

Women are one and all a set of vultures. Petronius

Radical militant feminist believes that women of color and Black women in particular have written the cutting edge theory and really were the individuals who exploded feminist theory into the directions that has made it more powerful. So I see us as the leaders not just of Black people and Black women in terms of feminism but in terms of the movement as a whole. Bell Hooks

You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day. Marian Wright Edelman

I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. Zora Neale Hurston

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. August Sander

It's always hard for me to find a therapist who is a black woman or even a woman of color. It's something that we've always been told is not for us. It's top down. Morgan Parker

I don't claim to say, "All black women are like me," because they're not. Morgan Parker

My hope as an actress is knowing that I'm someone who is more privileged - I'm biracial and lighter-skinned - and I hope it can open up the door for more women of color, especially darker-skinned black women. I hope everyone hops on the bandwagon and decides to start putting women of color in movies that aren't just about race. Amandla Stenberg



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