10 quotes to celebrate International Women's Day

International Women's Day is March 8, and we're so excited to celebrate our female Kiva borrowers! To celebrate the women in our lives, here are 10 empowering quotes and some photos of our awesome Kiva borrowers from all around the world. Enjoy, and click here to fund a loan to female entrepreneurs just like them. 


“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”

-Kofi Annan



“Women do not want power over men, they want power over themselves.”

-Mary Wollstonecraft



“Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.”

-Ban Ki-moon

United States


“Feminism is not just about women; it’s about letting all people lead fuller lives.”

-Jane Fonda 




“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt



“Women’s liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.”

-Corita Kent



“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”

-George Burton Adams 




“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.”

-Amelia Earhart




“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they’ll know it’s possible.”

-Gloria Stenem



“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

-Helen Keller


About the author

Channing Fisher.

Channing first witnessed the ability of entrepreneurship to empower people while studying Spanish in Guatemala. Throughout college, she became interested in microfinance while working in business development in the Netherlands and studying the effects of tourism on Caribbean economies. After graduating from Principia College in 2018 with degrees in Political Science and Business, she began work for a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit and later found Kiva. She's passionate about communicating and sharing the work done at Kiva and elsewhere in the international development space.