Most Inspirational Quotes from the Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Gloria Steinem, Jessica Alba, Carli Lloyd, John Jacobs, Rachael Ray, Leymah Gbowee and more powerful speakers inspired thousands of women at the 12th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Here are some of their best quotes:

Gloria Steinem - Journalist, author and feminist icon.

Gloria Steinem – Journalist, author and feminist icon

“Change comes from the ground up, it grows like a tree.”

“We’re communal animals. If we’re alone, we soon feel crazy, despairing. We need to be together, share our stories.”

“We need to unlearn the idea that people have to be ranked rather than linked.”

“Equal pay would be a way better economic stimulus than bailout of the banks. We have to be fierce about it.”

“Behave as if everything you do matters, because it might.”


Jessica Alba – Actress and entrepreneur

“’I’m an independent woman. I’m a feminist and I don’t need a man for nothing!’ That’s what I said at five years old.”

“The truth of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ couldn’t be more apparent.”

“A lot of people said no to me, but I needed that. In business, it made me determined to make it happen.”


Leymah Gbowee - Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Leymah Gbowee – Liberian peace activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate

“A girl is an asset and not a liability.”

“If the good people in the world stood up, evil would take a backstage.”

“Why should we care about global peace? The world is a global village. One sneeze in Africa, someone catches a cold in Pennsylvania.”

“I cannot be a pessimist and be an activist. I cannot be a pessimist and inspire people. You have to be optimistic.”

“There are more good people than evil people in this world.”


Rachael Ray, New York Times best-selling author and television personality. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Rachael Ray – New York Times best-selling author and television personality

“Having a rich life has nothing to do with your bank account.”

“I never worry about the competition, I worry about me and the promise I’m keeping.”

“Take joy in your work.”


John Jacobs –  Co-founder and chief creative optimist of the Life is Good Company

“Weave a deeper purpose into whatever you choose to do with your life. Don’t wait ‘til you make it to give back.”

“Optimism is not a soft philosophy, it is a pragmatic strategy for accomplishing goals.”

“Optimism is at its brightest on the darkest days.”

“When you try something new, you either succeed or you learn. Take failure off the table.”


Carli Lloyd - World Cup soccer champion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Carli Lloyd – World Cup soccer champion

“It’s all about turning your weaknesses into strengths.”

“You can’t change the past, but you can make the future better.”

“It’s about training when no one is watching.”

“Be uncomfortable with being comfortable.”


Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf

Discrimination and gender inequality are “stupid.”

“It’s plain wrong,” on Pennsylvania gender inequality.


Anne Kreamer –  Author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the Workplace

“Lateral is the new vertical.”

“Most of the jobs I loved the most were jobs I created for myself.”


Wendy Wallbridge – Strategic and intuitive advisor to Fortune 100 leaders

“Inner authority is to know yourself well enough to be able to control your actions and have authorship to how you show up in life.”

In terms of your career choices…”If it’s not a ‘hell yeah!’ don’t do it!”


The non-partisan, non-profit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the tri-state area, with more than 100 industry and thought leaders from across the country. Breakout session topics included leadership, career advancement, personal branding, social media, health and wellness, finance, and more. Conference attendees also participated in the popular Drexel LeBow Career Pavilion with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts, career coaching with coaches from the International Coach Federation Philadelphia and Local Leader Meet-Ups for one-on-one conversations with local community and business leaders.

“The Pennsylvania Conference for Women has become one of the region’s most important events for women,” said Leslie Stiles, Board president and one of the original founders of the Conference. “It provides a place for women to share ideas for achieving their goals and come together to celebrate their accomplishments.”

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