Every year on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day - honouring the achievements of strong women throughout history and the progress made towards gender equality. This year to mark the occasion, we dug deep into our archives to find 5 powerful quotes from tough women we love.

1. Anson Chan

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HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Former Hong Kong chief secretary Anson Chan holds a press conference on September 11, 2007 in Hong Kong, China.  Chan announced that  she will be running for the vacant Hong Kong Island constituency seat in December's by-election. (Photo by MN Chan/Getty Images)
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On knowing who you are:

“What you need in life is a strong moral compass, a set of convictions and core values. You need to have a sense of who you are and what you want to be, because if you don’t know who you are and what you want to be, then you will always be buffeted by the wind, depending on which way it blows. I’m not that sort”.Anson Chan, First Female and First Chinese Chief Secretary, in 2010

See also: Flashback: Hong Kong Tatler's 400th Issue (June 2010)

2. Marjorie Yang

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HONG KONG , Hong Kong - 9 July 2019; Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group, on Centre Stage during day one of RISE 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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On how she stays motivated:

"When I get depressed, I send myself flowers, and the next day I return to work with renewed energy...I resort to little tricks like these to egg myself on"Marjorie Yang, Chairman of apparel manufacturing company, Esquel Group, in 1996.

See also: 15 Of Hong Kong's Most Powerful Women



3. Carol Murray

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On the traditional role of women in Asian communities:

"You can attribute any qualities to me, but I think obedient and submissive are absolutely two qualities I don’t have"Carol Murray, Managing director of family stockbroking and property firm Zimmerns, in 2000.

4. Winnie Chiu

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On people's initial impression of her:

"Oh, I love teasing people..I often don't hand out my name card until the end of a dinner because there's nothing more satisfying than watching someone realise they've misjudged you all evening. Just because I'm a woman who is having fun doesn't mean I can't also be successful!"Winnie Chiu, President of Dorsett Hospitality, in 2015.

See also: 15 Of Hong Kong's Most Powerful Women

5. Leigh Tung-Chou

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On whether men should be the only ones to propose marriage:

"Why should a woman have power over all the other areas of her life, such as career, mate, friendships, body and finances and not over the decisions to ask for someone’s hand in marriage? A woman should be able to propose without society seeing her as aggressive or desperate…Many people argue that when a man proposes it’s a romantic gesture…but I think a woman can be equally if not more romantic – and probably better organized!"—Leigh Tung-Chou, Member of the Hong Kong Ballet Board of Governors and HK Adventist Hospital Foundation, in 2014.

We're definitely feeling inspired. Happy International Women's Day!

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