Dr. Georgia Witkin
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Head of Patient Services Development for Progyny

Growing up, most of the quotes I read about women were written by men. In fact, there seemed to be more quotes about women by “anonymous”, “Confucius”, and “unknown” than by women. 


And they were often based on disparaging stereotypes - not great for our self-respectFor example, Tennessee Williams famously said "all pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be," while Will Rogers said "all pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
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But now women not only feel entitled to have a voice, their voices are heard. And we're learning how to respect ourselves. Here's a list of some of my favorite quotes about self-respect and grabbing your life by the reigns.

  1.  Here’s a collection of quotes about self-respect from women, for women. 
  2.  Never bend your head. Always old it high. Look the world straight in the face. - Helen Keller
  3. I am a strong woman with or without this person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants. — Queen Latifah
  4. If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman -Margaret Thatcher
  5. When you undervalue what you do, the whole world will undervalue who you are- Oprah Winfrey 
  6.  I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself - Emma Stone
  7.  It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends - J.K. Rowling
  8. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else - Judy Garland
  9.  You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens - Louise l Hay
  10.  No one can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt
  11.  It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes - Sally Field
  12.  It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I’m not going to be silent - Madeleine Albright 
  13.  Start loving yourself and everything else will come Lisa Lieberman-Wang 
  14.  I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce - Margaret Mead
  15. If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it - Erma Bombeck 
  16. Power is not given to you. You have to take it - Beyoncé Knowles
  17. Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! - Anne Frank
  18. Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price - Joan Didion 
     No girl should forget that she doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her - Marilyn Monroe 
  19.  A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water - Eleanor Roosevelt
  20.  Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got - Janis Joplin
  21.  Be beautiful if you can, wise if you want to, but be respected – that is essential - Anna Gould 
  22.  Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself - Eleanor Roosevelt
  23. Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity - Katrina Mayer 
  24. A strong positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life - Dr. Joyce Brothers 
  25. I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time - Anna Freud
  26. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else - Judy Garland
  27. Don’t put yourself down. It gives other people ideas. – Dr. Georgia Witkin

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Please share your favorite self-respect quotes by emailing me at [email protected] and we’ll post an update.

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