Inspirational quotes to help you ring in 2019 with positivity, hope, energy and a new determination to make it your very own year.
India saw some landmark judgements this year from the Supreme Court, from a death sentence for the convicts in Nirbhaya’s case to the entry of women in Sabarimala. The government of India also extended maternity benefits, while women in various walks of media spearheaded the #MeToo movement that shed light on the need for a larger conversation around sexual harassment, women safety, and safer workplaces.
Women in different industries and sectors scaled new heights, be it sports, entrepreneurship, politics, art, music or science. Nadia Murad became the first Iraqi and Yazidi to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and Hima Das became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. The team at HerStory cheered for every win, every landmark and milestone that was crucial to changing the status quo for women. As we bid adieu to 2018, here are some quotes that will not only inspire but arm you with enough positivity to take on the new year with more energy, joy and determination to transform. Let’s march on!
Intersectionality is approaching everything in life with the basic understanding that there are many layers to one's identity. - Ardra, artist
The answer to becoming a more inclusive society starts with the actual ‘do-ing’, which requires more than awareness. Empathy must be turned into accountability. - Zafer Elcik, Otsimo
Diversity initiatives at Indian corporations have yet to show significant impact on the ground. - Priyanka Aggarwal, BCG
Only a woman can prevent a tech-dominated world from becoming robot-like. - Pria Randolph, Bitgram
Mentors are meant to give clarity to the inner voice rather than dictate it. - Meena Ganesh, Portea Medical
If the life of one girl changes through education, she changes three families – one, her own, second the in which she gets married into, and third the one she builds. - Vinod Gupta, Hillary Rodham Clinton Nursing School
Women comprise only 3 percent of aviation CEOs and 6 percent pilots are female. Even though the front line and lower-level female staff account for 50 percent of the total strength, the pipeline starts tapering towards the top. - ElsaMarie D’Silva, Red Dot Foundation
Whatever change will happen is going to be with everyone’s involvement. But it will take time. - Aditi Gupta, Menstrupedia
In the word entrepreneurship - E is for empathy. - Shikha Uberoi, Indi.com
Being an entrepreneur isn’t an easy task. You need to work every single day and minute, and it isn’t for everyone. - Mona Ataya, Mumzworld
If you are a woman connected to the venture capital world, then this is the time and opportunity for you to do your bit and make things better for a new generation of women entrepreneurs. - Madhurima Agarwal, NetApp
It’s wise to build parallel networks, one a more close-knit peer-driven, and another, a more open-group which you keep expanding by meeting industry leaders and domain experts. - Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext
When starting a new venture, it is just as important to keep the momentum going once the initial phase of excitement has passed. - Jacqueline Fernandez, Just*F
A strong woman will not only build her family but also build a nation, provided she is supported and praised. - Hansa Sinha, Genesys Consulting
As you move up the organisation, requirements for leading that organisation don’t grow vertically, they grow exponentially. – Indra Nooyi, Pepsico
If you believe in your idea, keep the flame burning and looking for ways to make it work. - Sunita Maheshwari, Teleradiology Solutions
Nothing pushes you forward like the voice that comes from within. - Upasana Taku, MobiKwik
Life is about more than your career, it's about you and how you grow and that will have an effect on the people around you. Create your legacy. - Jamie Graham, Who Knows Wins
Remember you can have it all, but not at the same time. - Barbara Novick, BlackRock
It’s all about the people you meet in life – they can either motivate you or break you. You need to keep going in the right direction and meet people who are good for you. - Rashael Kanwal, skiing champion
Focus on solving just one problem with such precision that you become the best in the world to solve it! – Neha Jain, Z Nation Lab
I don't think the ceiling has been completely cracked, but it is not hanging by very much. - Melanne Verveer, Georgetown University
With capabilities and good performance, you can make the glass ceilings disappear. - Shefali Saxena, Louis Berger
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are, we can all be freer. – Emma Watson
Everyone is born to achieve something in their lives. - Sneha Mehta, Kukoon The Label
Within you lies the immense potential to reverse negativity, optimise your future, focus on your plans and achieve the success that you were meant to have. - Reeta Gupta, ‘Rescript Your Life'
To deal with the war outside, you have to deal with the war inside. - Rajesh Bhat, Iron Lady
It only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche. - Dianna Hardy
Go for it – if it’s an obstacle it means you’re nearly there! - Vanitaa Bhatia, DIVAlicious
Learn about the world, the ways of life, introspection and retrospection. - Medha Joseph, Embarq
You have got to want to be the best before you can even begin to reach that goal. - Billie Jean King
You need to hustle every day of your life. You aren't half the person you can be if you aren’t doing five things. – Neha Dhupia
History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. – Michelle Obama
Investing in oneself is to nurture both your mind and body, and it allows you to have more ideas, more knowledge, more compassion, greater strength and mental endurance. - Shalini Prakash, 500 Startups
Experience is always the best teacher. - Anukeerthy Vas, Miss India 2018
Only by listening to your soul will you be able to move forward. - Natasha Diddee
If you do something that’s extremely sincere and put in your best effort, you will not fail. - Swapna Dutt, 'Mahanati'
Passion comes from action. It comes from trying out a zillion things. - Geetika Saigal, 'Finding Your G Spot in Life'
Winning a war doesn’t mean killing the enemy, but winning the enemy. - Nihari Mandli, Burn Survivor Mission Saviour Trust
From adversity comes success. When you are faced with insurmountable challenges, know that you are being honed for something great. - Sangita Desai, Raw Nature Company
One gets bruised but if there is a strong faith in one’s abilities and the cause, then one starts loving these scars and struggles. That love for scars and struggles is what ensures success. - Shipra Dawar, ePsyClinic
There is so much capability in each of us, and tech provides the opportunity for us to claim that visibility. - Anubha Verma, RentSher
Resist perfectionism. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself, you’re setting yourself up to fall short. - Dr Rachna Singh, CK Birla Hospital
Every day starts with a new challenge. Every sunset gives new achievement. - Ranjana Bansal, Ashok Auto
Make every moment a work of art. Make every moment move you one step forward towards your dream and purpose. - Sara Blakely, Spanx
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