WHY DON’T YOU...? In cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, BAZAAR presents a cu­rated list of quotes by in­cred­i­ble women who in­spire us to at­tain great­ness. Com­piled by Sharmita Sum­mugam.

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… UN­LEASH YOUR MIND? “The only real

el­e­gance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest re­ally comes from it.” – Diana Vree­land, leg­endary fash­ion edi­tor

of Harper’s BAZAAR

… BREAK FROM STEREO­TYPES? “Stereo­types are lim­it­ing. The best thing a woman can do for her­self is to build on her tal­ents, pur­sue her pas­sions and dreams, do what­ever she thinks she can, and just ig­nore the stereo­type. Think of the thing you are afraid of do­ing, and do just that.” – Su­mi­tra Vis­vanathan, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of

Women’s Aid Or­gan­i­sa­tion … RAISE YOUR VOICE? “I raise up my voice, not so I can shout, but so that those with­out a voice can be heard. We can­not suc­ceed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai, ac­tivist for fe­male ed­u­ca­tion and the

youngest re­cip­i­ent of the No­bel Peace Prize … BE CON­FI­DENT? “When a

woman is in tune with her­self and feels con­fi­dent in her own skin, she will cre­ate

pos­i­tive rip­ple ef­fects with her part­ner, fam­ily, and the world at large.” – Dr. Terry Loong, in­te­gra­tive cos­metic and skin doc­tor … GRAB THE WORLD BY THE LAPELS? “Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass!” – Maya An­gelou, au­thor, poet, dancer, and actress … DARE TO BE? “Women have al­ways been the strong ones of the world. The men are al­ways seek­ing from women a lit­tle pil­low to pit their heads down on. They are al­ways long­ing for the mother who held them as in­fants.” – Coco Chanel, fash­ion designer … CHAL­LENGE YOUR­SELF? “One of the great­est chal­lenges for women now, with so many women’s ini­tia­tives and dis­cus­sion, is to re­alise that this game should be about eval­u­a­tion on merit and not about spe­cial treat­ment. Ex­pec­ta­tion of spe­cial treat­ment is a weak­ness. May the best per­son win – that is progress. That best per­son will of­ten be a woman.” – Datin Shalini Ga­nen­dra, gal­lerist … TAKE THE LEAD? “We need to re­shape our own per­cep­tion of how we view our­selves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Bey­oncé, singer

and actress … BE A FEM­I­NIST? “Why has the word fem­i­nism be­come such an un­com­fort­able one? It is not the word that is im­por­tant; it’s the idea and the am­bi­tion be­hind it.” – Emma Wat­son, actress and UN Women good­will am­bas­sador

Emma Wat­son

Diana Vree­land

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