Quantcast
14 Quotes From Black Feminists To Inspire You To Boss Up
Shutterstock

14 Quotes From Black Feminists To Inspire You To Boss Up

You can indeed unapologetically take up space and redefine what womanhood means.

Life & Travel

The power of black women is undeniable, and we stay killing it in whatever we choose to pursue. When we unite to advocate for one another, we build communities that not only thrive but forge strong and successful futures for generations. Here's where black feminism comes in. Its impact can be seen in the legacies of so many powerful women who have positively affected legislation, shifted the perception of what a black woman is, and made room for all of us to expand, flourish, and blossom into our own.

Many have impacted us all with their art, work, and push for women's equality and freedom. Be inspired by 14 black feminist quotes from the legends, on career advancement, entrepreneurship, leadership and much more:

Florynce Kennedy, Lawyer, Activist and Lecturer: On Self-Confidence

"I focus on myself. I'm the most important person in my life. I love me better than anybody loves me. I take such good care of me. I don't need any other person. ... I really really think I'm great. I cannot walk, I cannot stand up, I wobble, I fall down, I do everything, but I'd still rather be me than just about anybody."1985 Diane Abrams interview

Shirley Chisholm, Educator and Politician: On Taking Initiative

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."
"UnBought and Unbossed" presidential campaign speech

Alice Walker, Author and Lecturer: On Conscious Planning

"Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want."
—The Temple of My Familiar

Kathryn Finney, Tech Entrepreneur and Speaker: On Paving Your Own Lane

"You can only punch a wall for so long before you either break your hand or the wall. At digitalundivided, we decided to stop punching the wall, buy a chainsaw, and make our own door."
—2016Model View Culture interview.

lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author and Speaker: On People-Pleasing

"Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. Don't do it. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back, then they actually just like that twisted shape, and not you. And the world is such a gloriously multifaceted, diverse place that there are people in the world who will like you, the real you, as you are."
2015 Wellesley College commencement speech

Bell Hooks, Author and Activist: On Self-Awareness

"If any female feels she need anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency."
—Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

Audre Lorde, Author: On Self-Care

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."
A Burst of Light

Angela Davis, Lecturer and Activist: On Optimism

"I don't think we have any alternative other than remaining optimistic. Optimism is an absolute necessity, even if it's only optimism of the will, as Gramsci said, and pessimism of the intellect."
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle

Roxane Gay, Author and Speaker: On Service

"We must stop pointing to the exceptions—these bright shining stars who transcend circumstance. We must look to how we can best support the least among us, not spend all our time blindly revering and trying to mimic the greatest without demanding systemic change."
Bad Feminist

Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Activist and Author: On Doing What You Love

"You have to get to a point where you do what you enjoy. And also, it helps you to understand that you have talents that you came here with and you can build on all of them and you don't have to be hooked into one skill because of an education system that doesn't understand education."
—1973 WNED's "Woman" interview

lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Janelle Monae, Actress, Musician and Activist: On Pushing Past Norms

"I don't think we all have to take the same coordinates to reach the same destination. I believe in embracing what makes you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable. I have learned there is power in saying no. I have agency. I get to decide."
2017 Marie Claire interview

Toni Morrison, Author and Lecturer: On the Importance of Sponsorship

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.' "
2003 O Magazine Interview

Brittney Copper, Author: On the True Source of Power

"Power is not attained from books and seminars. Not alone, anyway. Power is conferred by social systems. Empowerment and power are not the same thing. We must quit mistaking the two. Better yet, we must quit settling for one when what we really need is the other."
Eloquent Rage: A Black Woman Discovers Her Superpower

Ntozake Shange, Poet, Author, and Playwright: On the Power of Reading

"Read as much as you can, as many different kinds of books on different subjects as you can. Read everything you can get in your hands. Keep feeding your soul with words of other people so you can see all the different kinds of things that can be done with words and experience it yourself."
2013 Black Enterprise interview

Are you a member of our insiders squad? Join us in the xoTribe Members Community today!

Featured image by Shutterstock

Doja Cat Debuts Shaved Head & Shares Her Previous Struggles With Her Natural Hair

Doja Cat has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Saweetie and Tiffany Haddish and shaved her head. She debuted the look on Instagram Live and also decided to shave her eyebrows. During her Instagram Live, the “Vegas” rapper explained why she finally let go of her hair. “I feel like I was never supposed to have hair anyway,” she said. “I, like, don’t like having hair. I never liked having hair. I cannot tell you one time, since the beginning of my life, that I’ve ever been like, ‘This is cool. I just do not like to have hair.'”

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
Omarion: 'My Sexiness To The Core Is Just Who I Am'

Omarion has found himself at the center of attention over the last few years. From the controversy surrounding his former bandmate Lil Fizz dating the singer’s ex and mother of his children Apryl Jones to becoming a viral meme after a TikToker recreated his dance from a 2015 performance. And more recently he received a lot of criticism for his Verzuz battle against Mario. But drama aside, Omarion has also had people singing his praises.

Keep reading...Show less
candace-junee-xonecole

I think it's fair to say that most of us long to reach that place where the money resides, especially in the present times when life is so uncertain and people are likely to lose their jobs at any given moment. On the other hand, perhaps thanks to the plethora of entrepreneurs that document their journeys on social media, there's the sense that abundant financial wealth seems more accessible now than it ever has before. With that said, despite all the step-by-step guides to becoming rich available on the market, we can still hear the same question echoing in our heads: How do I get to the bag, though?

Keep reading...Show less
10 Feng Shui Tips To Improve The Energy In Your Home

While mantras and the dedication to more self-care and health practices are a beautiful way to press reset year-round, a lot of us forget how important it is to nurture our most sacred space. And by that I mean, our homes. While the outside world comes with stresses and responsibilities and chaos, your home very much embodies the eye of the storm. There you find peace, tranquility, and solace. And because it does, you shouldn't be afraid to elevate the way you think about it and how you make it work for you. Dare to do something different as you set your intentions for the rest of the year. Turn your home into a place that takes care of you.

Keep reading...Show less
Free Brittney Griner: What You Should Know About Her Detainment In Russia

It’s been weeks since WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia, allegedly for having vape cartridges that contained hash oil (cannabis oil). But the world only found out recently when Russian media released her alleged mugshot. Brittney, one of the world’s best basketball players who’s been playing for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg team during the WNBA off-season since 2015, faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years, if convicted.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Adrienne Banfield-Norris & The Co-Creators Of 'Black Love' On What To Expect From The Final Season

Adrienne Banfield-Norris & The Co-Creators Of 'Black Love' On What To Expect From The Final Season

Couples share their love stories for a finale that inspires and empowers.

Latest Posts