Source : Huffington Post

Over the course of my career as a freelance journalist, I have had the great pleasure and privilege of talking to many of the world’s most interesting and influential women, from actresses to activists, comediennes to poets, recording artists to Nobel Laureates. In my new book, “Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice,” I decided to bring together some of the most inspiring and empowering quotes from these interviews, broken into topical spreads and addressing a range of issues like equality, overcoming adversity, aging, beauty, finding balance and being more connected to the earth.

My hope is that the book conveys the important message that when we dare to be ourselves — when we embrace our power, speak our truth, and believe in our dreams — we can change the world. The following excerpts are a sampling of some of the amazing women, themes and reflections featured in the book.

Annie Lennox is quoted “I get very frustrated when I hear women saying, “Oh, feminism is passé,” because I think feminism means empowerment. Men can be feminists, too! Many men are feminists. We need feminism. It’s not against men; it’s about the empowerment of women. It’s the respect of women — giving women equal rights, the same opportunities.”

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