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Words of Inspiration in Honor of Women’s History Month

Words of Inspiration in Honor of Women’s History Month

We asked our women attorneys to share their favorite quotes or words of inspiration with us in honor and celebration of Women’s History Month. The listing includes popular quotes from a wide range of women leaders from the past and the present.

Rebecca Beers

Birmingham partner Rebecca Beers shared quotes from legal legend Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

Rebecca also shared a quote from Autherine Lucy, the first African-American student admitted to the University of Alabama – or any other public university in Alabama – in 1956. She was expelled from school shortly thereafter on racist grounds, but her attendance paved the way for the school to be permanently integrated in 1963. A campus building was named in her honor in February and she died on March 2 shortly afterwards. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from UA in 2019.

“My response to fear is:  do it anyway. Let nothing stop you. You have to push forward.” -Autherine Lucy Foster

Orlando attorney Sandra Ferrin shared two of her favorite quotes:

Sandra Ferrin

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe, painter often recognized as the “Mother of American modernism”

“Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is most important.” – Junko Tabei, first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Jennifer Smith Thomas

Orlando partner Jennifer Smith Thomas shared this quote about the importance of supporting women. She says that in a historically male profession, it is important to remember to help each other. “We have a unique experience as women professionals, leaders, and mentors. Even if you didn’t receive the same welcome, reach back with your strong arm and lift other women up.  Celebrate other women’s successes and promote young women’s professional growth.

“Be the woman that fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was crooked.”

Melanie Baker

Tampa attorney Melanie Baker shared a similar sentiment about women supporting one another from Serena Williams:

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams

In addition, Melanie recommended the documentary series called “Being Serena.” It illustrates that Serena’s success story goes far beyond her achievements as a tennis player and is extremely empowering to watch.

Assita Toure

Tampa attorney Assita Toure shares this quote about learning from our mistakes:

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

Kaitlyn Chomin

Orlando attorney Kaitlyn Chomin shared two quotes–one from Coco Chanel who revolutionized women’s clothing during the feminist movement and the other from actress Tracee Ellis Ross.

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to Inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

Stephanie McNeff

Orlando attorney Stephanie McNeff shared this quote from U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

“Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Brittney Polo

Miami attorney Brittney Polo shared this inspiring quote about reaching for your goals.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand