14 November 2018Last updated


Wonder women

If anyone knows how to fight their way to the top, it’s these ladies – here are their wise words on being a woman in a man’s world

By Karina Sharma
6 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Oprah.


“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah 

“If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralising force.” – Marissa Mayer, CEO, yahoo!

Margaret Thatcher

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” –  Margaret Thatcher

Sheryl Sandberg

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in. Taking initiative pays off. It’s hard to visualise someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

Estée Lauder

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

Charlotte Whitton

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton, feminist and former mayor of Ottawa, Canada

Jennifer Garner

“Every single person who interviews me asks, ‘How do you balance work and family?’ but no one asks ben [affleck]the same thing. and we do share the same family. isn’t it time to change that conversation?” – Jennifer Garner

Meryl Streep

“No one has ever asked an actor, ‘You’re playing a strong-minded man…’ We assume that men are strong-minded, or have opinions. But a strong-minded woman is a different animal.” – Meryl Streep

“We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai, activist and Nobel Prize Laureate

Mindy Kaling

“There’s this mentality that there can only be one woman who is successful and funny and running her own show and if there’s more than that you must hate each other.” – Mindy Kaling


“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – Madonna

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

By Karina Sharma

By Karina Sharma