16 Inspiring Quotes From Women On The 'TIME' 100 List To Motivate You Today
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On Thursday morning, TIME announced its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (as determined by the magazine's editors). As usual, it includes a wide range of people, from entertainers and politicians to powerful figures you may never have heard of. If none of that is enough to inspire you to do get something done today, quotes from women on the TIME 100 list are guaranteed to do so. Or maybe they'll just make you feel inadequate and send you spiraling into a crisis about what you're doing with your life, and then you'll feel inspired.

It's worth pointing out that the list has never achieved gender parity; for the past several years, the number of women deemed by TIME to be influential has hovered around 40. This year, their ranks include actors Emma Stone and Viola Davis, Philippine politician Leila de Lima, iconic gymnast Simone Biles, and more. Like the previous year, numerous honorees received a spot on the cover, including two women: Davis and Melinda Gates.

Hopefully, next year's list will finally include just as many women as men, reflecting the reality of the world in which we live. (Need I remind you that women make up half of the population?) Meanwhile, let's celebrate the accomplishments of the powerful women who made the list for 2017.

1"I'd rather lose all my stuff than lose myself, because I've done that before, and that feels way worse."

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Constance Wu

2"The word's out: I'm a woman, and I'm going to have trouble backing off on that. I am what I am."

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Elizabeth Warren

3"Write for yourself. If nobody’s giving you parts, you write one for yourself and you perform it. And you see if the world likes it."

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Samantha Bee

4"The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity."

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Viola Davis

5"Optimism for me isn't a passive expectation that things will get better; it's a conviction that we can make things better — that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don't lose hope and we don't look away."

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Melinda Gates

6"Politics could do with some bloody difficult women."

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Theresa May

7"Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal."

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Ava DuVernay

8"What sets you apart can feel like a burden, and it's not."

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Emma Stone

9"I've had every chance to succeed and more, and I think that's what all women should have."

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Janet Yellen

10"If you don’t love who you are, you are never going to feel 100 percent satisfied in life. It all starts with you. If you don’t love you, nobody else is going to be able to."

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Ashley Graham

11"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I'm the first Simone Biles."

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Simone Biles

12"Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever."

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Margaret Atwood

13"I'm not perfect, but I'm starting to get comfortable, like a sweater you want to wear all the time."

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Leslie Jones

14"Now we begin a scientific exploration that could hold great promise for our country."

— Dr. Glenda Gray

15"I’ve got no interest in playing a gold-digger mistress."

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Margot Robbie

(It should be noted, of course, that if you want to play that role, that's totally A-OK; the point here is about choice: Gold-digger mistresses shouldn't be the only roles available, and no one should be shoehorned into a mold in which they have no interest.)

16"I found a success that is so much bigger and deeper and better, and it's because it happened later."

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Sarah Paulson