Ode to Strong Women

Posted on in Features by Rob Sidon

As a compliment to this edition Common Ground is pleased to present a collection of quotes and images honoring Strong Women, past and present.


woman with camera and poster I Love Being a Woman - Layla Love

“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful, she is both practical and spiritual. A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world.”
—Native American Saying

Mariposita by Chris Carnabuci

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint—and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
–Oprah Winfrey

Anais Nin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
–Anaïs Nin

Eleanor Roosevelt 1932 Underwood - Public Domain

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

GretaThunberg 2018 by Anders Hellberg - Wikimedia

“You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess. Even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children.”
—Greta Thunberg

Frida Kahlo - Giorgio Casu and Layla Love

“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”
–Frida Kahlo

Mata_Amritanandamayi (Amma) by Jean Louis Audebaud - Wikipedia

“The principle of motherhood is as vast and powerful as the universe. With the power of motherhood within her, a mother can influence the entire world”
–Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)

Gloria Steinem - Layla Love

“Every social justice movement that I know of has come out of people sitting in small groups, telling their life stories, and discovering that other people have shared similar experiences.”
–Gloria Steinem

Naima- Layla Love

“Once you figure out what respect tastes like, it tastes better than attention.”

Hueb Say How I feel_12 (Scott Luxor's conflicted copy 2016-01-29)

“If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.”
–Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Shadows On The Beach Rock 2

“Whatever you do, be different—that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
–Anita Roddick

Maria_Callas_1958 CBS Television Public Domain - Wikipedia

”Don’t talk to me about rules, dear. Wherever I stay I make the goddamn rules.”
–Maria Callas

Maya Angelou - Layla Love

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”
–Maya Angelou

As Within So Without - Layla Love
Strong female figure rotating inside a sun shape.
Strong female figure rotating inside a sun shape.

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
Mother Teresa

Love Site Surrealism with Amanda Sage - Layla Love

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
–Rosa Parks

Pussy Riot at Lobnoye Mesto on Red Square - Denis Bochkarev (Wikimedia)

“When your intuition is telling you that the time has come to leave behind your moderation, do it!”
—Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)

Pavla Jump over Connections by Oxana Belka

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”
–Katharine Hepburn

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