Beyonce said it best when she sang, “Who run the world? Girls.”

Women increasingly inhabit top-ranking roles in traditionally male-dominated industries, lead the international mission for girls’ education and advance the conversations on topics like wage equality. The following quotes are words of inspiration by some of the smartest, most talented leaders in the world, from Hillary Clinton to Malala Yousafzai.

Michelle Obama

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”

Oprah Winfrey

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”