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10 Quotes to Empower Girls with Courage and Confidence

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Inside: Empowering girl quotes for courage and confidence to share with your daughter.

How do you inspire a girl with words? As moms, we want to empower our daughters to be strong, confident, and courageous.

Of course, we build them up in our daily conversations with encouraging dialogue and feedback. But I find it’s also helpful to share inspiring and encouraging words with my daughter that comes from others.

I love reading the amazing words others share about life – and I use them for reflection and conversation with my daughter when I want to go a bit deeper and start a meaningful exchange with her.

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    Are you looking for some inspirational words to empower your own daughter?

    Here are some of my favorite quotes about empowering girls.

    10 Empowering Girl Quotes to Share with Your Daughter

    “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

    More than ever, the world needs strong women. It starts with us, because we are raising our future. Let’s raise strong girls that will become the strong women that will make this world an even better place.

    Talk to your daughter about what it means to be strong. What is her perception of strength? Is it both physical and mental? Does she see strength as a quality she wants to emulate?

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    As someone who spent years feeling inferior, (and still struggles sometimes) this is one I want my daughter to fully understand and embrace.

    “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”

    Bethany Hamilton

    Did you grow up hearing the “sugar and spice” poem? I remember my grandma reciting it in a sing-song voice when I was little. It’s definitely the message that became ingrained.

    The problem for me was that I thought I had to be nice even when it meant comprising who I was and what I wanted. I put “being nice” above all, even when my boundaries were crossed. I don’t want my daughter to follow in that thinking.

    “I think beauty comes from knowing who you actually are. That’s real beauty to me.”

    Ellen DeGeneres

    This empowering quote is one I actually learned from my daughter when she was eight-years-old. She chose to research Ellen for a class project and included this quote in her report.

    I love that she pulled this inspirational quote to use and that she saw the beauty and importance of this truth at such a young age.

    “Beautiful people are not always good but good people are always beautiful.”

    Imam Ali

    It’s like my grandma always said; “Pretty is as pretty does.” (My granma had a lot of little saying that were gems.) When it comes down to it, beauty comes from within.

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

    Judy Garland

    I can relate to this one while growing up. Always trying to be like my friends instead of myself. I look back and just shake my head sometimes.

    Do you talk to your daughter about following her own path?

    “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

    Julia Child

    I always find it interesting how as parents, we talk to our kids about following their own interests, but sometimes there is a tendency to want them to follow our lead…or in what we think they should do….or something we enjoyed.

    Was there something you loved as a child but didn’t continue pursuing because it wasn’t encouraged or wasn’t deemed by your parents as “practical?”

    Do you find you tend to give your daughter space to pursue her true interests and encourage her in those areas?

    “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

    Oprah Winfrey

    Yas, Queen!

    I used to think: “Failure is not an option.” That was my mindset for a long time. But actually, what I have learned is that failure happens, and it’s how we respond to it, move through it, and grow from it, that really matters.

    Failure can be transformative. And how do we grow if we don’t encounter setbacks? We should teach our daughters that sometimes, failure happens. I let my daughter see me try new things, work through “fails”, and move forward.

    I don’t want my daughter to be afraid to try because she is afraid to fail.

    “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” 

    Albert Einstein

    I hate to say it, but as a girl, I was a crowd follower. I wanted to please others so that they would accept me. So I talk about this one a lot with my daughter.

    A girl who is comfortable with standing, or walking, alone when the crowd goes a different direction is going to do big things.

    “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” 

    Dolly Parton

    This. One hundred percent. Girls should feel empowered to change direction. Teach them that if they don’t like something in their life, they can change it! The path they forge in their life is up to them.

    Empower Your Daughter with Powerful Words

    Empowered girls become empowered women.

    These enlightening quotes speak to me regarding how I’m raising my daughter because they are the messages I needed to hear when I was young.

    Do any resonate with you?

    What empowering words to you use to build confidence and courage with your daughter? Leave your favorite empowering girl quotes in the comments if you want to share!

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