October 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton has broken a decent amount of barriers in her life. As the former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State, the Democratic presidential nominee has dealt with a barrage of criticism but also enjoyed a ton of success. Undoubtedly, most of her wins are due to her positive outlook on life (the fact that she’s accomplished most of her goals in a remarkable ensemble of pantsuits is just gravy). So as Clinton turns 69 today — just 13 short days before election day — here are some of her most empowering quotes from throughout her illustrious career to help inspire you to keep cracking through that glass ceiling too.

On equality for women: “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.” (U.N. 4th World Conference on Women, 1995)

On creating equal opportunities: “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.” (Democratic National Convention, July 2016)

On career advice: ”Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. They are not the same.” (Howard University Commencement Speech, 1998)

On breaking the glass ceiling: “So yes, yes, there are still ceilings to break – for women and men, for all of us. But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win.” (Democratic nomination victory speech, June 2016)

On being a strong woman: “I have always believed that women are not victims, we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace — all we need is a fighting chance.” (Women in the World Summit, 2013)

On looking out for one another: “No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up.” (Democratic National Convention, July 2016)

On the woman card: “Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the women’s card, then deal me in.” (Philadelphia rally, April 2016)

On strong values: “To be great, we can’t be small. We have to be as big as the values that define America.”(Democratic nomination victory speech, June 2016)

On encouraging young girls to achieve their dreams: “We can build an America where every father can say to his daughter you can grow up to be president of the United States.” (Ohio rally, 2015)

On being fearless: “Fear is always with us but we just don’t have time for it. Not now.” (Wellesley Commencement speech, 1969)

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