40 Powerful Self-Confidence Quotes for Women – It’s Your Time to Shine

Inside: 40 powerful self-confidence quotes for women to help you step into your awesome as a parent, professional, and leader.


As a career coach for women, and for moms in particular, there is one common theme that comes up over and over again in coaching calls.

It’s not resume writing, job search strategy, or even networking – though we talk about all of those things.

No, the theme is about SELF-CONFIDENCE.

How important confidence is to our fulfillment and joy. How confidence can be shaken and broken down. How we can get our confidence back, use it, and bask in its glow.

How to Boost Self-Confidence

Some of the key ways we talk about building self-confidence so that you can tackle a job search or build a business include:

  1. Phone a Friend: Specifically asking a friend or loved one what you’re great at helps you see all of your awesome through their eyes.
  2. Build a Brag Folder: Set up an email folder to file away any emails that congratulate you on a job well done or give you well-earned kudos. Read it whenever you need a boost!
  3. Identify Your Strengths Through Asessements: Tools like StrengthsFinder help you find new language to talk about what you uniquely bring to the table.

Check out some more confidence-boosting tips here.

I also love having a powerful bank of self-confidence quotes for women that you can reference when you need a boost.

Check out 40 of my favorite self-confidence quotes for women below and let me know your favorite!

Powerful Self-Confidence Quotes for Women

1. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

2. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge

3. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent Eleanor Roosevelt. Self-confidence quotes for women

4. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

5. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

6. “Too often, our humility and our fear stop us from sharing what we can uniquely bring to the world. That’s not fair to you or to anyone else. The world needs your magic!” – Becca Carnahan

Too often our humility and our fear stop us from sharing what we can uniquely bring to the world. That's not fair to you or to anyone else. The world needs your magic. Becca Carnahan. Self-confidence quotes for women

7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

8. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

9. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

10. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Unknown

11. “The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics—and our external ones too—the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable with who we are—as women and as mothers.” – Arianna Huffington

12. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

13. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

14. “You are your best thing.” – Toni Morrison

15. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

16. “You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you.” – Taylor Swift

17. “Success is not about the praise or the likes. It’s not about the As or the approving head nods. Success is about learning, growing, and being confident in yourself. And perhaps success is having a touch of sass in your back pocket, ready for the moment someone tells you your success has to look any different.” – Becca Carnahan

18. “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” – Sophia Bush

19. “I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.” – Audre Lorde

20. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright

21. “You are built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.” – Oprah Winfrey

22. “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.” – Serena Williams

23. “The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.” – Gloria Steinem

24. “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” – Harper Lee

25. “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved, women who live bravely, both tender and fierce, women of indomitable will.” – Amy Tenney

26. “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” – Michelle Obama

27. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

28. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” – Kavita Ramdas

29. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron

30. “We are all stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” ― Marilyn Monroe

31. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter

32. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” – Unknown

33. “Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else.” – Angelina Jolie

34. “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

35. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” ― Tina Fey

36. “Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

37. “Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi

38. “I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” ― Madonna

39. “Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”― Shannon L. Alder

40. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” ― Marianne Williamson

The world needs your magic!

Did one of these self-confidence quotes for women spark something for you?

Did someone’s words give you the boost you need today?

Fabulous! Because you are wonderful exactly as you are, and the world needs your magic.

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