For starters, we could appreciate them all year long and not only on March 8. After all, some extra respect is always going to be a lot more effective than a box of chocolates and a bunch of red roses.

Regardless if you're a man or a woman, you can be sure of one thing - the list of quotes we've compiled for you is bound to make you think twice before judging a lady by appearances, before sending her to the kitchen to make you a sandwich and most importantly, think twice before dismissing her as irrelevant, powerless or weak.

1. "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of somebody else."

Judy Garland

2. "Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as outside."

Coco Chanel

3. "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman."

Margaret Thatcher

4. "Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to success."

Oprah Winfrey

5. "Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book."

Malala Yousafzai

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