Love and marriage go hand in hand, as do equality and respect. In many relationships, although not all, women often lose sight of their value after settling with a partner. Of course, it's amazing to find a significant other who views you as an equal, but it's important to always keep in mind that you're worth your weight in gold all by yourself. In this new age of feminism, women are urged more than ever to celebrate their strength, knowledge, and perseverance. So, in honor of International Women's Day, we've compiled some of our favorite feminist quotes on love, relationships, and marriage to empower and inspire.
“One of the things that really allows us to get through these moments that are obviously very stressful—we’re talking about the future of the free world—it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself and each other. We do a healthy amount of both of that. We don’t take ourselves too seriously in the context of our relationship. You can’t. You just have to flow and know what’s really important.”
“Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner. It feels limitless, not limited.”
Helen Gurley Brown
"Rich or poor, you have a better chance of keeping him—and keeping him interested—if you belong to something or someone besides him."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“A woman at a certain age who is unmarried, our society teaches her to see it as a deep personal failure. And a man, after a certain age isn’t married, we just think he hasn’t come around to making his pick.”
“I like men with quick wit, good conversation, and a great sense of humor. I love banter. I want a man to like me for me; I want him to be authentic.”
“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
"The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing—and then marry him."
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
“I fall in love with myself, and I want someone to share it with me. And I want someone to share me, with me.”
"You have to learn to love yourself before you can love me or accept my loving.”
“We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.”
“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.”
"The most important career choice you'll make is who you marry. I have an awesome husband, and we're 50/50."
"You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don't. It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn't be like that."
“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He is very dreamy but is not the sun. You are.”
"If you are not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change but to grow."
Diane von Furstenberg
“The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.”
"It’s important to marry somebody who is your equal and to marry somebody and to be with somebody who wants you to win as much as you want them to win."
"I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me."
"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."
Simone de Beauvoir
"I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself."
"I don’t need marriage. I don’t need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now."
"I’ve never looked at love as something that I need to complete me. I would like to be complete on my own first and fall in love with somebody who is also complete. You can still celebrate and be totally obsessed with each other, but I want to feel a hundred percent myself so that I can love that person better."
"She lost him, but she found herself, and somehow that was everything."
"I'm just a big believer in 'you must love yourself before you can love anybody else,' and I think for me that breeds the most inspired relationships."
"You have to want to be married to someone. You have to feel that reciprocated. Marriage for marriage's sake doesn't make any sense to me, and I found someone with whom I could put my money where my mouth is, I guess."
"If I'm not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I'd rather be by myself."
“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters. You’re going to walk into many rooms in your life and career where you may be the only one who looks like you or who has had the experiences you’ve had. But you remember that when you are in those rooms, you are not alone. We are all in that room with you applauding you on. Cheering your voice. And just so proud of you. So you use that voice and be strong.”