In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, it’s become more apparent than ever how women struggle to be respected and seen as equals in the workplace, As a woman in business, you have a unique opportunity to shape a stronger, more diverse future that will be passed to future generations.
As you tap into your girl power for the work ahead, and as you look to create a life you love starting with your job, we’ve got some inspiration for you from today’s great women leaders.
These women have created paths for themselves, often where there was no apparent one to be found. And they encourage women (and people) everywhere to work hard, love what they do, be their best and define their own success.
Without further ado, listen and learn from the wisdom of these successful women.
Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the US
“There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence.”
Maya Angelou, Author
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Eileen Fisher, Clothing designer and founder of Eileen Fisher Inc.
“Life-fulfilling work is never about the money--when you feel true passion for something you instinctively find ways to nurture it.”
Estee Lauder, Co-Founder of Estee Lauder Companies
“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.”
Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
“There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.”
Oprah Winfrey, Media personality, Author
“My philosophy is that not only are your responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”
Anne Sweeney, former Co-Chair of Disney Media
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”
Angelina Jolie, Actress
“Different is good. So don’t fit in, don’t sit still. Don’t ever try to be less than what you are.”
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!
"I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough."
"If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen."
“I didn’t want to lose my sense of myself in my profession.”
"Work for someone who believes in you, because when they believe in you they'll invest in you."
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”
“Bring your whole self to work. I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional and it is all personal.”
“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
“When you look at successful women, they have other women who have supported them, and they’ve gotten to where they are because of those women.”