9 Inspirational Quotes From Independent Women Who Kick Butt

All these amazing women have a similar message: We are women, we are powerful, and we are proud. In USA Network’s new Limited Series Event “Political Animals,” Sigourney Weaver plays the ultimate modern-day woman: a powerful, passionate and complex former First Lady and current Secretary of State. Watch her break barriers—and into the boys’ club of American politics—on the “Political Animals,” Sundays at 10/9C on USA.

1. Adele

“I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.” -Adele, The Anti-Lagerfeld

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2. Meryl Streep

“People want what they want. Sometimes you just have to walk in defiance of it and just be yourself.”

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3. Emma Watson

“I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullsh*t. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter. I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave and I think that’s something they’ve got to embrace.”

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4. Maya Angelou

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

5. Beyonce

(About writing Bootylicious at age 18) “You shouldn’t be thinking about it (being thin). You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone ‘just forget what people are saying, you’re bootylicious. That’s all. It’s a celebration of curves and a celebration of women’s bodies.”

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6. Princess Diana

“People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer (to fulfillment). Actually a job is better for me.”

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7. J.K. Rowling

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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all– in which case, you fail be default.”

8. Ellen Degeneres

“I want to be clear and here are the values that I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for.”

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9. Tina Fey

“Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch. Let me say something about that: Yeah, she is. And so am I and so is this one. (Points to Amy Poehler) Know what? Bitches get stuff done!”

Inspired by Elaine Barrish Hammond (Sigourney Weaver) in “Political Animals”

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Smart, strong, and politically savvy, ex-Presidential wife and current Secretary of State Elaine Barrish Hammond (Sigourney Weaver) has a fierce desire to right the wrongs of the world—whether in international diplomatic chambers or in her own living room. Devoted to both family and country, she’s determined to follow her heart and find a way to solve the problems of both. See her in action in “Political Animals,” Sundays at 10/9C on USA.

“Most of life is hell. It’s filled with failure and loss. People disappoint you. Dreams don’t work out. Hearts get broken. And the best moments of life, when everything comes together are few and fleeting. But you’ll never get to the next great moment if you don’t keep going. So that’s what I do. I keep going.”

“Political Animals” is USA Network’s highly anticipated Limited Series Event that pulls back the curtain on the polished facade of a former first-family as they navigate the complex world of political and personal ambition.

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