Everyone has tough weeks in their lives, times where it feels easier to just give up then to keep going. In times like those, you find solace in the fight of others. Through the words of women who have come before you, you find some peace, a whole lot of fight, and a little bit of resilience to keep your spirit alive. Here’s to being a badass, no matter what obstacles you face.
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyonce
“If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.” – Oprah Winfrey
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem
“The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” – Mohadesa Najumi
Khadija Mubarik is a pre-med student at Wayne State University majoring in Women’s Studies and Psychology. She balances her time between school and her passion for photography. She runs her own freelance photography business, and is a photographer for The South End, the university’s student run paper.