17 Inspiring Quotes From Women Of Color That Bear Repeating

 
"A queen is not afraid to fail."

"A queen is not afraid to fail."

As the dialog gender, race, class and sexual orientation continues to expand, one truth remains constant: Our strength is derived from the women that came before us.

Whether they're our ancestors or other women who forged paths for all of those who would follow behind them, women throughout history have always banded together to build momentum and demand change. And it's something that's especially true for communities of color, which have been so historically marginalized.

We've compiled 17 of the most stirring quotes from women of color on the importance of remembering our heritage and the battles lost and won—that have provided us with the platform we're standing on today.

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Words: Deena Drewis