Words Of Motivation: Best Speech On International Women’s Day!

Society 8 Mins Read Ankita Tripathy 06 Mar 2023
Words Of Motivation

What is the best speech on International Women’s Day?

Are you looking for something like this? If your answer is a yes, then you have come to the right place.

There are a number of things that one can say to uplift the spirits of one another and to motivate them. And considering the fact that women have long been treated as inferior, we do deserve something that motivates us.

Keep reading this article till the end to learn more about the same…

International Women’s Day

March 8th is globally considered and celebrated as International Women’s Day.


Well, you give you a brief, this day is established not only to celebrate the women of the world, but also to bring into the focus all the injustices that women around the globe face on a daily basis. These are gender inequality, violence, abuse, harassment, and so on.

Established primarily to commemorate the achievement of women’s right to vote, Women’s Day is now observed as a holiday in most parts of the world as well as a day of celebration.

Now that I have given you a little background about Women’s Day and why it is celebrated, let me move quickly to the next part of the blog— exactly what you were searching for!

Words Of Motivation: Best Speech On International Women’s Day!

In case you have been searching for some of the best speeches said on the occasion of Women’s Day, you need to look no further. Here are the top motivational speech on women’s day that were said by people with powerful minds.

Take a look at them:

1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The first one on this list of the best speech on International Women’s Day is by none other than Oprah Winfrey. While accepting her Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes in the year 2018, Winfrey gave an unbelievable speech:

“… I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.”

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

Here is the full clip of her speech:

2. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

7 November 2020 was a grand day for Kamala Harris as she was addressing the nation as the Vice President-elect for the first time. Here is what she had to say when it came to motivating women of the nation:

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before, but know that we will applaud you every step of the way.”

Here is the entire video of the speech:

3. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

While having a conversation at the United State of Women Summit in the year 2018 with Tracee Ellis Ross, Michelle Obama made a wonderful point. When asked about her opinion on gender inequality and other disparities, the former first lady of the United States states:

“Start with what you can control. You start there. Because thinking about changing your workplace and changing the way the world thinks – that’s big; that’s daunting. And then you shrink from that. So start with what you can control. And that’s you, first. And those questions start within. First, we must ask ourselves, “Are we using our voices? And when are we not? When are we playing it safe?” And at least be cognizant of that and understand, “These are the times that I shrunk away from doing more than I could, and let me think about why that was.””

Here is the entire video of her speech at the summit:

4. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

In the year 2019, Natalie Portman made headlines when she gave her speech about sisterhood and toppling the patriarchal structure of the society. In what is currently referred to as ‘Natalie Portman’s Step-by-Step Guide to Toppling the Patriarchy,’ this is what she had to say:

“So there’s this theory that a lot of people say that women drop out of the workforce to focus on motherhood. Or the workforce isn’t conducive enough to rearing children. And I used to believe that explanation, but it always seemed suspicious. Like a woman spends hundred and thousands of dollars on law school and all the time and hard work to graduate and all the hours and stress to pass the bar and then works for years at a law firm and then gives up her six or seven figure job that she loves and has invested so much time to because she never considered she might need to find childcare for her kids or a woman who can probably easily afford childcare. It was confusing but I bought it, because well, I don’t know I am a sheep.”

“The reason women in nearly every industry are not represented in powerful positions is because women are being discriminated against or retaliated against for hiring and for promotion. When they do get the jobs they are often being harassed and assaulted and they are being paid less than their male counterparts. All of which coerce self-preserving women into finding safer options for themselves and different ways to feel valued.”

Here is the complete video of her Portman’s powerful and motivational speech for women empowerment:

5. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Pop star Lady Gaga has always been one of the most controversial yet powerful artists in the world. She does not tolerate injustice and motivates other women to do the same— to raise their voice. Here is a great speech that this powerful woman gave while she was accepting her ELLE Women In Hollywood award in the year 2018:

“What does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood? We are not just objects to entertain the world. We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people’s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public. We women in Hollywood, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.”

“As a sexual assault survivor, by someone in the entertainment industry. As a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name. As a woman who lives with chronic pain. As a woman who is conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today, I wear the pants. Today, I wear the suit. In an age when I can barely watch the news, I gasped at the unjust men and some women, quite frankly, that I see running this country. I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever. To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. But to use what really matters: my voice.”

Here is the clip that shows her true feelings:

6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is popular for writing great notes on women and feminism. There is absolutely no doubt as to why she had to be in the list of the people giving the best speech on International Women’s Day. Here is what she said:

“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller, we say to girls, “You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you would threaten the man.” If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, you have to pretend that you are not. Especially in public. Otherwise, you will emasculate him. But what if we question the premise itself? Why should a woman’s success be a threat to a man? What if we decide to simply dispose of that word, and I don’t think there’s an English word that I dislike more than ‘emasculation.’”

“Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. A marriage can be a good thing. It can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same.”

Here is the entire clip of her speech at the TEDx talk:

7. Meghan Markle

At the UN Women Conference in the year 2015, Meghan Markle gave a powerful speech on women empowerment. Here is what she said:

“It is just imperative: women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, well then, you know what, they need to create their own table. We need a global understanding that we cannot implement change effectively without women’s political participation.

‘It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. May we empower each other to carry out such vision – because it isn’t enough to simply talk about equality. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to simply believe in it. One must work at it. Let us work at it. Together. Starting now.”

Here is the full clip of her speech:

Wrapping It Up!

Which of these speeches touched your heart the most? Which of these did you resonate with the most? Let me know in the comment box below.

In case you were searching for the best speech on international women’s day, I hope that this article has been of help to you. If there are any other queries related to the same, feel free to let me know.All that you need to do is scroll down till you reach the bottom of the page and write your thoughts there.

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Ankita Tripathy loves to write about food and the Hallyu Wave in particular. During her free time, she enjoys looking at the sky or reading books while sipping a cup of hot coffee. Her favourite niches are food, music, lifestyle, travel, and Korean Pop music and drama.

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