December 26, 2014

For our Quotabelle year-end wrap, we're tipping our hats to some of 2014's biggest newsmakers ~ girls.

We've spent the year discovering female role models. But ~ take it from Mo'ne fans ~ you don't have to be an adult to lead by example. In an on-air interview with ESPN, she conveyed her admiration for a past pro, while confidently acknowledging her own signature style.

What are the takeaways from a year that gave us the election of the US's youngest ever lawmaker {West Virginia's Saira Blair} and the selection of the youngest ever Nobel laureate {Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai}?

Children aren't settling for being a symbol of the future; they're taking it into their own hands. And, girls in particular are stepping up to the plate in record numbers to drive social change around the world.

We see this as a wonderful sign of what's to come in 2015 + beyond...especially because more + more adult role model are helping empower young women to find their voices.

Here are a few game-changing girls from the Quotabelle collection to inspire young + old alike. Their message ~ you don't have to wait to make a difference.


"I have the business
of 3 plantations to transact
which requires much writing and
more business and fatigue of
other sorts than you can imagine,
but lest you should
imagine it too burthensome
to a girl at my early time of life
give me leave to assure you
I think myself happy."

Eliza Lucas Pinckney
the girl indigo innovator


{unforgettable | She builds}

Denim-on-denim was named as one of 2014's big fashion trends. Many know Levi Strauss as the inventor of blue jeans. Few know the woman who made their signature hue possible…more than 100 years earlier!

The daughter of a planter in colonial South Carolina, Eliza Lucas Pinckney took over the family business when she was just 16. Eliza was uncommonly well-educated and especially fond of botany. Left in charge of agriculture enterprise, the girl set out to innovate it.

Eliza's experiments with indigo had a major impact. She made producing the blue dye affordable, creating a new cash crop that boosted a struggling economy. By 1754, South Carolina was exporting 1million pounds of indigo per year ~ and Eliza was known up-and-down the Atlantic as a true blue businesswoman.

"I've been blessed
with 3 wonderful careers—
motion pictures and television;
wife, mother and grandmother;
and diplomatic services
for the United States government.

I have one piece of advice for
those of you who want to receive
the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.
Start early."

Shirley Temple
the kid superstar


{remarkable | She entertains}

Shirley Temple Black passed away in February 2014. A noted diplomat later in life, she was a household name before she hit her teens.

Shirley was not just a popular child actor. America's Darling was the movie star of the Great Depression era + the world's most photographed person.

The girl all-in-curls made her first film at age 3, then sang and tap-danced her way to an Oscar by 6. From 1935-39, she ruled the box office a record-breaking 4 years.

Her international appeal was no fluke. Shirley's pluck + optimism brought much needed hope to a world in crisis. Clippings of the young luminary graced countless walls...including those of Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank. {Shirley's fame even helped ease her diplomatic relations as Ambassador Black ~ apparently "Heidi" was a favorite of both Anwar Sadat + Golda Meir.}

"I'm stronger than fear,
I'm stronger than violence,
I'm stronger than terrorism.
I'm stronger than
every kind of thing that stops me
from getting an education."

Malala Yousafzai
the teenage education activist


{notable | She inspires}

This year, Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize ~ the youngest ever recipient.

When Malala first shared her story ~ as a female student in a war-torn Pakistan ~ she did so anonymously. After the identity of the courageous BBC blogger was revealed, Malala became a target. She was shot at 15 on her way home from school.

The Taliban's assassination attempt only made her voice stronger. Since stepping back into the public spotlight with an unforgettable speech at the UN on a day named in her honor, Malala continues to speak out against ongoing sexism and violence. Today, she is the face of people fighting oppression around the globe, encouraging more children to stand up for their rights.

Fixing the quote supply problem.
theme: impact


We're looking for {sourced} quotes by women & girls that speak to making an impact.

Will you help uncover all the insightful + inspiring things she has said on the subject?

It's easy to pitch in. Simply ~

  • Register as a Quotabelle member.

  • Submit a sourced quote by a female that relates to the theme.

  • If your quote is selected for the collection, you'll be entered to win a Quotabelle gift.

  • Within one week, we'll add a selection of new quotes on the subject to the site. And, mail the gift.

We recently asked for quotes about storytelling. Among our favorites:

"Everyone has a story; everyone has a struggle; and everyone needs help along the way."
~Pearl Arredondo

"Marketing stories need to get rewritten for each stakeholder because their self interest is different; each 'self' deserves a different story."
~Robin Chase

"My worst flaw is that I tell secrets, my own and everybody else's."
~Isabel Allende

Sharing quotes is a great way to connect with your team or community ~ browse by storytelling...

Quotabelle's first year-end report ~

In 2014, our writing team of 14 women & girls created 132 quoteur profiles + sourced 2660 quotes...from scratch.

We also did the math for other online quote collections. Of all the quotes-of-the-day + listicles we received, only 14% of the content was written or spoken by women.

Will you help us change those stats for 2015?

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