Dear women,

Wherever you are sitting, whatever you are doing, and whoever you are, know that you are part of a community that needs you, a society that wants you, and a world that without you, wouldn’t exist. Women, know that I will follow your footsteps and that you are my biggest support and my greatest idols. Be the kind of woman that you want your daughter to be. Women, I know you have been through a lot. I know you have fought. I know you have seen what probably no one ever did. But, women, I am who I am because of you. And my future depends on the hope inside your hearts, so don’t give up. Women, today is your day and I am proud for every single one of you who achieved, who inspired, who has shown me the way, who stood for herself, who created a legacy to follow, and who gave me the urge to feel free and powerful, no matter what. Here are 10 quotes, that I live by, and you should follow as well.

1. ‘Women who seek to be equal to men, lack ambition’. – Marilyn Monroe

2. ‘There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women’. – Kofi Annan

3. ‘Women must have a say in matters that affect their countries, communities, and families. After all, they are half of the population’. – Emma Watson

4. ‘She is worth far more than rubies and pearls’. – Bible (31: 10)

5. ‘You educate a woman, you educate a family. You educate a girl, you educate the future’. – Queen Rania of Jordan

6. ‘Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore’. – Lady Gaga

7. ‘Each time a woman stands for herself, she stands for all women’. – Maya Angelou

8. ‘The terrorists showed what frightened them most: a girl with a book’. – Ban Ki-moon

9. ‘God created women as a symbol of His own beauty‘. – Imam Ali (AS)

10. ‘Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t’. – Margaret Thatcher

Women, you might not have everything you want, but every dream starts with a step. Never say that you are not good enough or that you do not have enough power. You are amazing. Please believe in yourselves, the way I believe in you.