Today is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to bring you 12 fabulous quotes from strong women who have paved a path, achieved success and done things their own way.

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.

– Margaret Thatcher

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.

– Amelia Earhart

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.

– Maya Angelou

Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity… and these in turn rely on the education of our people.

– Julia Gillard

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say ‘watch me’.

– Layne Beachley

Yes, you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart.

– Quentin Bryce

To be driven by passion is more likely to bring success than to be drive by money. It’s an unrealistic notion that money makes you happy.

– Carolyn Creswell

“Some failure in life is inevitable. 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 by default.

– J.K. Rowling

Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

– Michelle Obama

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”

– Arianna Huffington

I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, ok.

– Madonna

Here’s to strong women.  May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

– Anon