What Every Woman Can Learn from 10 of the Sassiest of Sassy Dames

The women we look up to and idolize all tend to have one thing in common...they're sassy and not afraid to use it to say what's on their minds

It’s weird that the word “sassy” had gotten such a bad rap. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “sassy” means “lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky.” There’s nothing in there about being scary, hard-to-deal-with, hyper-opinionated, mean-spirited or any of the other negative attributes applied to modern sassafrasses. Have we become so dry and humorless that bold women scare us? Bold women get things done. Bold women are not pushed around.

We think having a little sass is good for all women. Whether it be in the workplace, with friends or with a boyfriend or husband…

Here are some words of wisdom from some of the sassiest women who have ever lived.

Mae West

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"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

Gloria Steinem

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"Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself."

Ellen Degeneres

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"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come."

Rosa Parks

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“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Queen Elizabeth I

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"Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind."

Coco Chanel

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"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."

Wendy Davis

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"Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school."

Margaret Thatcher

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"People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top."

Alice Walker

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“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

Janis Joplin

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“Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.”

Frida Kahlo

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“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

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