8 Uplifting Quotes from Women We Admire on International Women’s Day

Advice, inspiration

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a time for women and their allies to celebrate women’s achievements and commit to furthering gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, we rounded up 8 quotes from women we admire that will uplift, encourage and celebrate female founders.


The more confident, experienced, ambitious women we have moving up—whether in business, politics or entrepreneurship—the more societal progress we’re going to see.”

Christina Bechhold Russ, Co-Founder of Empire Angels and Principal at Samsung NEXT


“Figure out what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Build diverse authentic relationships and work on them every single day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Admit what you don’t know. Find that right balance of exuding confidence and humility.”

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of Fitz


“Be patient, not complacent. Know that all of the successful entrepreneurs that you read about and hear speak at events started where you are. It’s easy for their founding stories to sound like overnight successes or sure things, but there were a lot of times when the outcome was not so clear. So long as you are driving towards your goals, utilizing the network around you, and asking for support and advice when needed, you are doing all you can to actualize your business dreams.”

Jamie Sears, Head of UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility


“Learn from your “no’s” and naysayers. Sometimes it may be that someone is saying you’re idea isn’t worth investing in or it’s a “bad idea” because they haven’t been trained to think outside of the box. So find your audience that gets it, and blow them away with results!”

Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO of hint, inc.


“I am inspired by the creativity of women and communities of color and their tendency to create companies that create profit and benefit their community. I know that in helping these entrepreneurs I am able to [have an] impact on [more than one person].”

Nnena Ukuku, Partner at Venture Gained Legal and Co-Founder of Black Founders


“There still aren’t a lot of women tech entrepreneurs and very few that get funded, [but] one thing that I do notice is that there are successful women who have now become investors. Women helping other women can have an enormous impact on our collective future.”

Cynthia Rubio, President and CEO of Radiant RFID


“I think the biggest gift of entrepreneurship is being naive, and I truly mean that. You can’t possibly know all the challenges that lie ahead, and if you did, you probably wouldn’t be crazy enough to start. Take it one day at a time, [putting] one foot in front of another.”

Jenny Fleiss, Co-Founder of Rent the Runway and Co-Founder and CEO of code eight  


“Now that it’s been close to eight years since we launched, and nine years since I originally had the idea, the thing that’s kept me excited and relentless about pursuing the vision now is the overall passion I have for the vision of Rent the Runway. If this wasn’t mission-driven—to make women feel beautiful and empowered and self-confident every day, there’s no way I would have had the mental and emotional energy and stamina to keep on going.”

Jenn Hyman, Co-Founder and CEO of Rent the Runway