Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. According to the UN, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is ‘Girlforce: Unscripted and Unstoppable’.

International Day of the Girl

Young adolescent girls in Rajasthan, India. Photo: UNICEF/2018/Soumi Da

To celebrate International Day of the Girl and to inspire you, we rounded up 10 of our favourite quotes from some incredibly inspiring unscripted and unstoppable women.

“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong

Erica Jong is an American novelist, as is most well known for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. This book became famously controversial and an icon in second-wave feminism.

“I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.” – B. Smith

Barbara Smith is an American restaurateur, model, businesswoman and TV host.

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton began her career at 13 years old.

“No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.” – Martha Beck

Martha Nibley Beck is a best-selling author, life coach, and speaker

“I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan Rivers

Launching her comedy career in the 1950s (in a time where female comedians were very rare) many people credit Joan for paving the way for female comics.

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

Golda Meir was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. She is the only woman to have served as Israeli Prime Minister, known for her bluntness, strong will, and determination.

“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was the first lady of the United States and the 67th U.S. secretary of state.

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights, activist.

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post.

“The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole.” – Jane Fonda

Jane Seymour Fonda is an American actress, political activist and former fashion model.

Activities around Perth to empower girls

If you’re a parent of girls and you’re interested in getting your daughter into some extra activities to help her achieve her full potential, check out some of these clubs around Perth creating environments to empower girls: