Over the course of my career as a freelance journalist, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of talking to many of the world’s most interesting and influential women, from actresses to activists, comediennes to poets, recording artists to Nobel Laureates. In my new book, Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice, I decided to bring together some of the most inspiring and empowering quotes from these interviews, broken into topical spreads and addressing a range of issues like equality, overcoming adversity, aging, beauty, finding balance and being more connected to the earth. My hope is that the book conveys the important message that when we dare to be ourselves — when we embrace our power, speak our truth, and believe in our dreams — we can change the world. The following excerpts are a sampling of some of the amazing women, themes and reflections featured in the book.
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Together, Women Are Strong
If we’re by ourselves we come to feel crazy and alone. We need to make alternate families of small groups of women who support each other, talk to each other regularly, can speak their truths and their experiences and find they’re not alone in them, that other women have them, too… It makes such a huge difference.
– Gloria Steinem
Sisters: talk to each other, be connected and informed, form women’s circles, share your stories, work together, and take risks. Together we are invincible.
– Isabel Allende
What Message Would You Most Want to Instill in Young Girls?
You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.
– Melissa Etheridge
We need to help them really internalize the message that good enough is good enough. We don’t need to be perfect. We’re not supposed to be perfect; we’re supposed to be complete. And you can’t be complete if you’re trying to be perfect.
– Jane Fonda
Next: Speaking our truth and getting through difficult times