Being a girl is cool, but it isn’t always easy! For no good reason, girls are not always given the same chances as boys.
For example, in some countries, girls are not offered an education . In fact, 66 million girls around the world are out of school!
Have you ever been told that you couldn’t do something because you were “a girl”? Never forget that people said the very same thing to Amelia Earhart when she decided that she wanted to be a pilot. Sally Ride was told the same thing when she wanted to become the first female astronaut. They did not listen to the crowd. They followed their dreams and their hearts and they reached their goals. You can too.
One other way that girls are often limited is how tv and the media often focus on beauty as a girl’s outward or physical appearance. But, true beauty doesn’t come from the outside. It comes from within. A beautiful person leaves love, kindness, generosity, and good deeds in their wake. That is what defines real beauty, not their hair or eyes or shoes.
The section below features quotes from many inspiring women and girls who have had a great impact on the world. As they say, you need to have passion for something good, believe in yourself, be brave and just do it. Read these quotes, follow their advice, become the best version of yourself and go make a positive dent in the world!
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
- “If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
- “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare
- “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
- “If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.” – Oprah.
- “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
- “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai
- “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
- “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
- “There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
- “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder
- “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.” – Taylor Swift
- “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
- “Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.” – Taylor Swift
- “Beautiful people are not always good but good people are always beautiful.” -Imam Ali
- “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
- “I think beauty come from knowing who you actually are. That’s real beauty to me.” – Ellen DeGeneres
- “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25
- “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
- “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” –Melissa Etheridge
- “The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.” –Ashley Rickards
- “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” –Emma Stone
- “You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.” –Tyra Banks
- “No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special, and loved, and perfect just the way you are.” –Ariel Winter
- “Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.” — Unknown
- “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” –Coco Chanel
- “Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.” –Dr. Seuss
- “Imperfections are beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” –Marilyn Monroe
- “Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!” – Gabby Douglas
- “When someone tells you that you can’t, turn around and say ‘watch me.’” – Anonymous
- Check out many IMK stories about inspirational girls and women
- Take a look at our full collection of inspiring quotes for kids and students
Topics for Discussion:
- What are your special gifts, talents, likes and dislikes? How do you think you are you different than other people?
- What at your top 3 quotes from the list above? Why?
- Were you ever told that you couldn’t do something because you were a girl? How did that make you feel? What happened?
- What is one of your dreams? If you feel comfortable sharing, tell about it.
- What do you believe true beauty is? Is there someone in your life you believe is beautiful? Why?
- Have you ever changed yourself to try to impress others? Have you ever put someone down because they were different? How did this feel?
- Write down 5 of your biggest strengths and unique qualities. Keep this list by your bed and look at it every week to remind yourself what makes you you!
- Write down 3 ways that you can improve how you treat others who are different. Go out and do it! Today.
- Visit the Kids Caring 4 Kids website to learn about this great organization of kids who practice tolerance and how you can get involved!
- Get involved with one of many organizations that help girls become the best version of themselves, including Girls, Inc., The Girls Scouts and Boys and Girls Club
Teacher and Parent Features:
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
- Check out our growing list of Lesson Plans that can be used alongside our quotes and articles