If you’re looking for a reminder of the beauty and strength that women possess, look no further than these 65 fearless poetry quotes about womanhood. A world without women is a lonely place. Belief and conviction can be found in every word on a page when they’re written in ink. 

It’s also worth saying that poetry isn’t only great for entertainment or to stimulate thought. We also use it to break social barriers like racial inequality and societal status- to remind us what’s important in life. You’ll find poems about motherhood, sisterhood, identity, confidence- all written for women or by women who are living their lives fearlessly.

65 fearless poetry quotes about womanhood

"We become a new kind of creature,
something fearless and fierce,
something bold enough to call down even lightning and dare it to touch us."

– Titlope Sonuga

"We realise the importance of our voices only when they are silenced."

"Ask about us
These women who reinvented joy,
who snapped back our broken bones to the rhythm of a survival song.
A song about the audacity of living and loving anyway."

– Titlope Sonuga
Titlope Sonuga
Titlope Sonuga

"Fearless Woman, why don’t you Fear?
What do you feel, invisible to the Seer?
For your strength is grand. Your heart is Brave
It’s the beauty within that powers your Grace."

– Shiraz Zafar Hussain

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman."

"Defined by no man, you are your own story,
blazing through the world, turning history into her story.
And when they dare to tell you about all the things you cannot be,
you smile and tell them,
"I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me."

– Nikita Gill

"With their faith that amazes beyond compare,
With their souls depth as deep as a rippling drum."

– Clear

"There is an amazon in us,
she is the secret we do not have to learn.
The strength that opens us beyond ourselves.
Birth is our birthright.
We smile our mysterious smile."

– Lucille Clifton

"We have to become the men we wanted to marry."

“For my kindness is my strength.
It won’t fit in a makeup bottle or an expression on my face!
Don’t bargain with it or my ’smile’.“

—Ann Wright

"Be the type of girl that climbs the ladder wrong by wrong."

– Mae West

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass."

– Maya Angelou

"Ask about us
These women who reinvented joy,
who snapped back our broken bones to the rhythm of a survival song.
A song about the audacity of living and loving anyway."

– Titlope Sonuga

"A woman is like a teabag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." – Eleanor Roosevelt

“And my rudeness a knife of kindness to you! So cold where you’re too hot! something only a woman knows about.“

- Ann Wright

“Adorned woman, plain woman
Both of equal power when there’s love in their hearts and grilled cheese on the stove
Poor woman, woman with money
Both of equal power when there’s love in their hearts and faith in YOU
waiting on their lips like planned pyromania.”

– Ann Wright

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."

– Coco Chanel

"God created woman.
Woman birthed man and cleansed him in her waters.
Now every night he returns to where he came from:
God's soft spot."

– Nomonde Sky

"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."

"The ocean bulges.
Swells a woman's belly
and break her water."

– Titlope Sonuga

"At home, by the kitchen table
I watch my mother’s hands spin the yarn
of meals and housework
of duty and obligation."

– Nadine Aisha Jassat
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Nadine Aisha Jassat

my mother sacrificed her dreams
so i could dream."

– Rupi Kaur

"I am the back of these street palms lines draw from thirst wrapped in a chitenge.
I have no reason.
No excuse.
Nothing wounded, just a woman who walks freely into men.
And women."

– Vangile Gantsho

“Alone, by herself she built the kingdom that she wanted.”

– R.H. Sin

“I stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can i do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther.”

– Rupi Kaur

“Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologising for my wild.”

"these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do."

– Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton

"Existing can be done in the quiet, but black girls.
Black girls weren't meant for that kind of thing.
Black girls were made for boldness and boundlessness."

– Upile Chisala

"Existing can be done in the quiet, but black girls.
Black girls weren't meant for that kind of thing.
Black girls were made for boldness and boundlessness."

– Upile Chisala

"The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me."

– Maya Angelou

"I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
I am woman
and not white."

– Audre Lorde

"I am not cruel, just truthful —
The eye of a little god, four-cornered."

– Sylvia Plath

"Too fat to whore
Too mad to work
Searches her dreams for the lucky sign and walks bare-handed
Into a den of bureaucrats for
Her portion
“They don’t give me welfare.
I take it.”

– Maya Angelou

"When she woke up, she was not unlike a crackling fire
Remembering her now
I could say that was what she was
a fire."

– Zola Nongogo

"After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backward and in high heels."

"As the morning comes
she smiles to give birth to the
new black woman who will rule the day."

– The Unnatural

"Your illiterate have
read the words of the wise, the
undertaker finds death as not
too deep enough to be proud."

– Eugene Philosophisticater

"Black women look more beautiful screaming.
You ever hear a rose scream?
It sounds like a closed fist,
eating thorns."

– @mable_and_james

“If women could weave their pain
It would be longer than the sky.”

– Thato Chuma

"These bones I carry were borrowed from women much stronger than I.
Know that when you need them, you can borrow mine"

– Nichole McElhaney

"Being a woman is walking barefooted in thorns, being a woman is making a mark bigger than Noah's ark, that even the toughest dogs will be afraid to bark."

– Kelsey Tlhosane

"Her warm embrace eradicated all feelings of past happenings, pure as rain, her hands mold beauty from conception to birth and to life."

– Kelsey Tlhosane

"It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine."

"upon my birth
my mother said
there is god in you
can you feel her dancing."

– Rupi Kaur

"her hands are a civil war,
a refugee camp behind each ear,
a body littered with ugly things.
But God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well?"

– Warsan Shire
Warsan Shire
Warsan Shire

"She feels invisible
but she doesn't know
her light is blinding"

– Gemma Troy

“There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness.”

– Andrew Jackson

"We are the rare species we howl and moan at the same time."

– Nancy Omar

"She will blaze through you like a gypsy wildfire.
Igniting you soul and dancing in its flames.
And when she is gone,
the smell of her smoke will be the only thing left to soothe you."

– Nicole Lyons

"One by one she slew her fears, and then planted a flower garden over their graves." – John Mark Green

"Blessed be
who is

– Taylor Rhodes

"She's an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind." – Nicole Lyons

– Nicole Lyons

"She stood in the storm,
and when the wind
did not blow her away,
she adjusted her sails."

– Elizabeth Edwards

"She was fire
enough to light the way
and burn anything
attempting to stop her."

– R.H. sin

"She is the type of flower
that can still grow
after a forest fire."

– Acrews

"Some women fear the fire.
Some women simply become it."

– R.H. sin

"She was the kind of girl
who searched for things
that could never be found.

– (m.1)

"She was one of the rare ones,
so effortlessly herself,
and the world loved her for it."

– Atticus

"She's been orbiting a dark star for far too long,
caught in his deadly gravity.
But now she's finally free,
setting out on a new trajectory.
Heading for a place
where her shine won't be stolen."

– John Mark Green

" I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

"I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship."

– Louisa May

"I do not wish [women] to have power over men, but over themselves."

– Mary Wollstonecraft

"Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day
saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow."

– Mary Anne Radmacher

"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
Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

– Maya Angelou

Legend has it that God created the first woman to be a companion for Adam. They were so happy, and everything was perfect. Then they had kids, and it seemed like it all went downhill from there on out. But that’s not true. Women are amazing!

During a time when our society doesn’t recognise women for their contributions, we must be reminded of their power and importance. Women have been fighting for centuries against many odds to be seen as equal and valued members of society. It’s now time for us to celebrate them in our media, in literature and in life!  Remember to subscribe to our magazine below, so you never miss a future article.

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