“Full maturity…is achieved by realizing that you have choices to make.”   Angela Barron McBride, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean, School of Nursing, Indiana University, noted for her work on women’s health issues.

“You grow up the day you have the first real laugh—at yourself.”    Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), American Actress

“You are never too old to become younger.”   Mae West (1893-1980), American actress, playwright, and sex symbol.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy that is translated through you; and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.”    Martha Graham (1894-1991) American dancer and choreographer who was one of the pioneers of modern dance.

“The artist is not there to be at one with the world, (s)he is there to transform it.”   Anais Nin (1903-1977), French author noted for her published journals that span sixty years, beginning when she was age eleven.

“A woman’s life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.”   Wallis Simpson, (1896-1986), an American socialite who married, as her third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the British Empire.  His decision to abdicate the throne of the then most powerful nation on earth of marry a divorcee with two living ex-husbands caused a constitutional crisis and created a legend of romantic love.

“The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.”    Margaret Fuller (1810-1959), American journalist, the first female foreign correspondent and the first book review editor in the U.S., women’s rights activist, member of the Transcendental Movement.

“I feel there is something unexplored about a woman that only a woman can explore…”    Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), American artist who created works of art until two years before her death at the age of 98.

“If you have made mistakes…there is always another chance for you…you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”    Mary Pickford (1892-1979), Canadian American-born motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists, one of silent-pictures movies’ most important actresses and producers, shaping the vision of Hollywood and of the motion picture industry from its inception.


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945, advocate for civil and human rights, supported the New Deal, the founding of the United Nations.  She was a delegate to the United Nations, appointed by President Truman, who called her “the First Lady of the Whole World!” because of her work in chairing the UN committee that drafted and saw approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  She also was appointed by President Kennedy to chair the ground-breaking Presidents Commission on the Status of Women.