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16 Character Traits of Strong Women

A strong woman is someone that is very self aware of herself and others around her. She knows who she is and what she wants.

This means that when life gets tough which it inevitably does, she doesn’t quit. We have a listed 16 positive character traits of strong women plus a list of 4 strong inspiring women I truly admire.


Falling down is inevitable, staying down is a choice.


Positive Character Traits of Strong Women


1. Independent


She is in charge of her own decisions and responsibilities.


A strong woman is not someone that is helpless or cannot care for herself but is in control of her actions. She does not rely on anyone unnecessarily. She takes responsibility for her life to make the best decisions for a better future.


I don’t believe the best explanation is someone that fully finances their life, for the following reasons. Independent women can be in college or married and live in an apartment with roommates. They may live in a dorm or be divorced and receive alimony. In each of these examples, someone is helping with the finances. So that is a limiting belief.


2. Self Aware


Basically she is introspective and not just surface. She works to understand her emotions and actions so that she can handle future situations better. She knows where she needs to work on herself and actively works to understand herself and her connection with others. This character trait is one of the most beneficial, since it affects most of the other traits.


She knows that she is far from perfect but works on herself.


3. Honest


Her default is being honest. This does NOT mean that she is cruel and knows the difference. She does not hide her feelings or need anyone else’s approval for how she feels.


4. Intelligent


She is smart and knows that there is still much to learn. She is actively curious and puts time into learning about things that interest her. People that act as though they know everything are the ones that most definitely do not.


5.  Passionate


She is passionate in her life and her beliefs. This does not mean that she steps on others’ beliefs in the process. She has passions that she cares about whether that is her career or in giving to others.


She has goals and strives to achieve them.


A strong woman knows that you have to make your passion a priority to achieve the goals that you set for herself.



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6. Confident


She is confident in who she is. Strong women know that they are a work in progress and she tries not to beat herself up when she falls short. She knows that she is doing the best that she can with the tools that she has available at the time.


7. Emotionally intelligent


Similar to being self aware a strong woman tries to understand her emotions and how she relates to others. We have all met people that say and do things to others that are thoughtless.


Being emotionally intelligent is what stops you from saying thoughtless things and instead being empathetic to the situation. Is understanding when someone is upset or angry and tries to use skills to help the situation.


It means reading situations and relationships and acting accordingly. Having empathy for others is closely related to the character trait  of emotional intelligence. Because you are trying to put yourself in the other persons shoes.


8.  Self respecting


She respects herself and knows her worth, she will not allow others to treat her badly. She is honest if someone is not respecting her or people close to her. She knows that boundaries are necessary for healthy relationships and aspires to set them in her life.


She does not let others dictate how she should feel or act and knows when unhealthy relationships must end.


9. Vulnerable


Being strong does not mean you are not vulnerable, quite the opposite. It takes strength to ask for help or to be able to verbalize your feelings. This does not come natural for many, but a strong woman knows that it is important to creating strong bonds with those important to us.


10. Self disciplined


Strong women aspire to setting short-term goals to help them feel happier and stay more motivated. This means that anything that they are inclined to slip with, food, exercise or wine they will try to limit their access so that temptation is kept at bay.


The self-disciplined person will take those small steps and follow through on them. If they don’t succeed today, then tomorrow is a new day!


11. Optimist


Optimism is better than being pessimistic and that is how she approaches life. She understands that complaining and whining about crappy situations will not help so why bother? Even when things are not going as hoped, she will bounce back and find something to be grateful for even if its not immediate.


Basically she has hope that somehow, someway things will work out for the best.



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12. Displays Perseverance


Or as they say “has grit.” She keeps going even after getting knocked down. She also knows sometimes you have to pivot and make a smarter plan that has a higher chance of success.  This is the key to any success.


13.  Courageous


Leading an authentic life takes courage. There may be people in her life that want her to act and live a certain way, but she takes the path that feels is right for her. She also knows when to leave a relationship that is unhealthy for her and that takes courage.


14.  A woman of integrity


She is a good person. When you call her you can trust and rely on her to be there for you. Strong women have values that they live by which are important to them. She is the type of woman that will not cheat be dishonest or act out of revenge.


15.  Responsible


Being responsible is an important character trait. She is accountable for her mistakes and tries to fix them. If she says that she will do something, count on her to follow through.


16.  Strives to be better & improve


This is one of the most positive character traits! No one has it all together, we fail and fall short. As long as you try to be better tomorrow and improve, even if only just a little… then you win!


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Strong Women that Inspire


There are so many strong inspirational women that it would be impossible to even come close to listing them all! We did list  just a few that are making incredible contributions to our world right now.


Each one is special in their own way, but are similar in that they are all have the characteristics of a strong woman. If you are wondering how to be a strong woman, well these 4 women can be looked to for inspiration. There are affiliate links for each of the books listed below on Amazon.


Michelle Obama, Brene Brown, Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Melinda Gates.



Michelle Obama


Needless to say former first lady Michelle Obama is a very inspirational woman.

She was born in Chicago and attended Princeton University she went on to earn a degree from Harvard Law School. Following her graduation from Harvard, she worked as a lawyer in Chicago.


She met her husband, future U.S. president Barack Obama there as well. As first lady, she focused her attention on social issues such as poverty, healthy living and education.

She is a wonderful storyteller and brings you into her world with her book Becoming. With 4.9 stars on Amazon, her book is insightful and empowering and definitely worth the read.

Becoming   By Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Quotes


“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.” 


“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”


“That whole ‘so you can have it all.’ Nope, not at the same time. That’s a lie. And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn’t work all the time.”


“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

“Am I good enough? Yes I am.”


“Strong men, men who are truly role models, don’t need to put down women to make “We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”themselves feel powerful.”




Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office in 1993. She is the second female justice of four to be confirmed to the court  who is still serving.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a beloved justice to many and has grown a cult following over the years. She has become known as Notorious RBG  with sales of clothing and merchandise  showing her image. Her portrayal by Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live has also helped cement her iconic status.


Read her inspiring book that shows a glimpse into an amazing life of public service. 

My Own Words 

by Ruth Bader Ginsburg



Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes


“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”


“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”


“I am a very strong believer in learning from others.”


“She said, ‘I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”


“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”


“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”


“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”


“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”


“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”




Melinda Gates


For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down.


In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world.


Melinda Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls.
She is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Moment of Lift   


Melinda Gates Quotes


A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.


Strong women make strong societies. Nothing matters more to our future than the well being of women and children.


How does a girl become strong? How does she enact change? How does she grow into a strong woman? It begins with a step that sounds simple, but isn’t. She finds her voice.


Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world.


But just because you don’t qualify for sainthood doesn’t mean you can’t form deep human connections — or that your connections can’t make a difference in the world. That’s where technology comes in. If you make the moral choice to connect deeply to others, then your computer, your phone, and your tablet make it so much easier to do.




Brene Brown


Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers.


Braving the Wilderness- The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone


Braving the Wilderness, She redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, she again changes the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.


I love this theme, I think it’s incredibly important and one of the reasons that this site was created to inspire meaningful connections.

Brene Brown Quotes


“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”


“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.”


“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”


“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”


“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.”


“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”


“Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.”


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”


“If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal!”


“The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button.”


“Midlife: when the Universe grabs your shoulders and tells you “I’m not f-ing around, use the gifts you were given.”


“People who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.”

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