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In honor of International Women’s Day, I decided to take a moment and honor some of my favorite women as well as share my favorite quotes from each of them.

My Mother: For praying for me, for birthing me, for raising me, for laughing with me and for loving me unconditionally.

“Remember who you are and who you represent.”

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My Bestie: For being the best friend a girl could ever ask for.

“Can we just put sweats on, drink wine, eat parmesan popcorn and watch Sound of Music?”

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My Roomie (college roommate): For pillow talks, for dance parties in the kitchen, for dressing up like fools with me, for drying my tears, for encouraging me, for letting me be auntie to her son, and for teaching me how to relax and have a good time.

“You’re overreacting.”

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My Grandma Lee: For inspiring me to be more aware of current events and for reminding me that what happens today will someday be history.

“When you are someday an old woman, you will be exactly the same as you are now, just more so.”

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Ann Curry: For inspiring me to be a woman who takes her work seriously.

“Journalism is an act of faith in the future.”

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Christiane Amanpour: For being a woman of both class and brains so perfectly that I simply stand in awe.

“I never assumed ever that because I was a woman that anything was off limits to me.”

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Dronning (Queen) Margrethe: For being the most lovely queen of Denmark ever and for being the sweetheart of my mother country.

“I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.”

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Michelle Obama: For encouraging women everywhere to strive for the very best, to dream big. And for being the only other woman I’d ever want to switch lives with.

“Don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules. Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”

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Audrey Hepburn: For being the style icon of the century.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

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Nora Ephron: For writing screenplays that make this non-cryer weep profusely.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

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