Celebrating Frida Kahlo on International Women’s Day: 5 Inspirational Quotes

Catherine A. Jones
 | March 8, 2024

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global celebration of women’s achievements, progress, and the ongoing fight for gender equality. It’s a day, first celebrated in 1911, to honor remarkable women who have left an indelible mark on history. One woman who clearly fits the bill is Mexican artist and Feminist Icon Frida Kahlo. Today, we can celebrate her legacy and learn from her own words, with a selection of Kahlo’s inspirational quotes.

Kahlo’s Inspirational Quotes

Frida’s words resonate across time and cultures. Here are five of her most famous and inspirational quotes, for women (and men) of all ages:

1 “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Frida’s resilience in the face of physical pain and emotional turmoil inspires us to persevere.

2 “I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.” Her wit and vulnerability remind us that even in our struggles, we find unexpected strength.

3 “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Frida’s art reflects her unapologetic authenticity.” She invites us to embrace our truths and express them fearlessly.

4 “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”  Here she reflects on the impermanence of existence, emphasizing that nothing remains fixed — everything is in constant flux and transformation.

5 “Everything can have beauty, even the worst horror.”  This poetic statement celebrates freedom and resilience. 

Understanding International Women’s Day

IWD, observed annually on March 8, is a call to action for gender parity. It celebrates women’s achievements, educates about equality, and advocates for positive change. From rallies to art exhibitions, IWD encourages everyone to contribute to a more inclusive world. It’s a day to honor the collective efforts of all who care about human rights, regardless of nationality, organization, or background.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s remember Frida Kahlo — a trailblazer who defied norms, embraced her flaws, and painted her reality.

By celebrating her art, quotes, and resilience, we continue her fight for equality. After all, she did lead the way for a gender-equal world, one brushstroke at a time.

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