A ‘hero’ is described as someone who is ‘admired for their courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities’.
Now, we all know heroes can be of any gender. But in light of the new Wonder Women film I decided to pull together a list of inspiring quotes from real-life female heroes. These are remarkable women who have found a way to make a difference and encourage others to do the same.
‘Hero’ may feel like a strong word, but it’s a word that I think is important we use. These are people who have made hugely positive impacts that will continually inspire others.
Powerful quotes from powerful women
“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviator. She’s the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and she set many records in her time. Amelia sadly disappeared in 1937 when attempting to circumnavigate the globe. She encourages us to push boundaries and see failure as a new opportunity.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafai
Malala is a brave activist who spoke out against the Taliban by advocating girl’s education. After receiving death threats a gunman shot Malala when she was 15 years old. She survived the attack and continues to campaign for girl’s education. She has even opened a school in Lebanon supported by the Malala Fund. Malala’s bravery reminds us that even one person can make a huge difference to help others and fight against oppression.
“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches; I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul” – Meghan Markle, Elle 2016
Meghan Markle is an American Actress and girlfriend to Prince Harry. She is also a UN ambassador and active humanitarian. Amongst other philanthropic work she supports women living in Slum communities in India and has more recently spoke out against the menstruation stigma. Meghan encourages us to look beyond the surface and connect with people who need our support.
“The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself.” – Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is an acclaimed US actress who has inspired many throughout her career. She’s tackled gender equality head on, spoke out against ageism and inspires us to be true to ourselves. Meryl’s wisdom has been awarded in the past and will continue to inspire generations.
“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
Maya Angelou is an American Poet, author and civil rights activist. Her powerful literary voice was heard by generations as she devoted her life to campaigning for civil rights. She was heavily involved in her 1960s-civil rights activism alongside Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Before passing away in 2014, Maya was awarded the 2010 Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. Her words and campaigning efforts changed lives and her literacy legacy will continue to live on.
Dr Jane Goodall
“My mother always taught us that if people don’t agree with you, the important thing is to listen to them. But if you’ve listened to them carefully and you still think that you’re right, then you must have the courage of your convictions.” – Dr Jane Goodall
Dr Jane Goodall is a renowned conservationist, known for her lifetime commitment to protecting chimpanzees. She founded the Jane Goodall Institute protecting habitats and forests in Gombe. She has had a huge impact on chimpanzee population and communities across the world and is a crusader for the ethical treatment of animals. Jane is an example of how one person can make a huge difference and she continues to inspire others.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana
Hailed as ‘The People’s Princess’, Princess Diana was known for her kind spirit and vast amount of humanitarian work. She was the patron of several organisations, travelled the world to help others and used her high profile to raise awareness about many issues. Princess Diana reminds us how kindness can go a long way and she is a true role model.
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” – Helen Keller
Although losing her sight and hearing at 19 months old Helen Keller did not let this hold her back. She learned to communicate, graduated from college and dedicated herself to helping others. During her lifetime, she tackled social and political issues and helped raise support for blindness. Her work and achievements are a true inspiration.
These are a few remarkable female heroes. Who are your heroes? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @totmorganic.