iwd_quotes_main.jpgOnce a year, women get a special day devoted to their merits. From their beauty, to their brains, to their bravery in the face of oppression, women are celebrated the world over for always—always—going above and beyond what is expected of them by a male-dominated society. In the following roster, poets, philosophers, politicians, and poster girls put in their two cents about why women are the stronger sex (and the smarter one, too). Read on!

“I have an idea that the phrase ‘weaker sex’ was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm.”–Ogden Nash, American poet

“I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.” –Katharine Hepburn, American actress

“They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation.” –Oliver Goldsmith, Anglo-Irish writer, poet, and physician

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” –Simone de Beauvoir, French writer and philosopher, from The Second Sex, 1949

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.”  –Charlotte Whitton, Canadian feminist

“A man's got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” –Rhonda Hansome, stand-up comedienne and actress

“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man—if you want anything done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Women are always beautiful.”  –Ville Valo, frontman for Finnish band HIM

“Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.” –Christabel Pankhurst, British suffragette

“When women go wrong, men go right after them.” –Mae West, American actress and sex symbol

“God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.” –Farrah Fawcett, American actress

“A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.” –Arnold Haultain, Canadian poet

“Ah, women.  They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.” –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philosopher

“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” –Jane Sellman, American author

“The women’s movement hasn't changed my sex life. It wouldn’t dare.” –Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress

“Sure, God created man before woman.  But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.”  –Author Unknown

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