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8 quotes we celebrate for International Women’s Day

Who run the world? According to Queen Bey herself, it’s girls. Here’s to turning International Women’s Day and turning it into International Women’s Week.

After all, in just a few decades, women have certainly come a very long way. Every year, we celebrate these achievements on the holiday, which falls on March 8th. What originally began as a socialist political event in protest for better working conditions and the right to vote has now evolved into a day of awareness, highlighting major victories for women across political, economic and social spheres.

This year, in honor of the holiday, we turn it into and decided to celebrate progress by rounding up a few of our favorite quotes from female Asian American entertainers:

1. Ruby Ibarra

Ruby Ibarra (YouTube)

Ruby Ibarra (YouTube)

Filipino American spoken word artist and rapper

“I try not to be intimidated by the fear of rejection or failure in the music industry because at the end of the day, I’m doing this because I love it, enjoy it, and it’s one of things I feel natural in and know that I’m good at.”

2. Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling (Credit: Ari Michelson, parade.com)

Mindy Kaling (Credit: Ari Michelson, parade.com)

Actress, Creator of the Mindy Project

“My role is not just artist. It’s also activist because of the way I look. On so many shows and movies, race was a gesture, and in mine it’s the premise. I can’t ignore that what a lot of people see is an Indian woman who doesn’t look like a Bollywood star. It piques their interest, and they’re not bad for wanting me to tell stories about it, and I’m not wrong for not wanting to. I want to fill my desire to write vibrant, flawed characters, but then also be a role model to young people. It’s stuff that I think about all the time. Some people don’t have to think about this at all.”

3. Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kuysama directing a film ( IndieWire.com)

Karyn Kuysama directing a film ( IndieWire.com)

Film Director
“I think we crave women in more active engaged roles in the world. I think men want it and need it as much as women do.”

4. Maragaret Cho

Margaret Cho (Credit: ©John Kelly/Body of Art Foundation)

Margaret Cho (Credit: ©John Kelly/Body of Art Foundation)

Comedienne

“When you feel powerful, you are willing to stand up for your rights, you are willing to stand up for what you believe in, you’re more willing to stand up and be counted.”

SOURCE: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/23/margaret_cho_babies_scare_me_more_than_anything/

5. Constance Wu

Constance Wu (The Hollywood Reporter)

Constance Wu (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress, Fresh Off the Boat

“People think that Jessica’s accent is funny but no one writes jokes about her accent. The humor comes from the writers giving me very funny situations and lines. What makes her so refreshing is that she has an accent and doesn’t know perfect English but she doesn’t think that’s a reason for her not to have a voice and a very loud one at that.”

6. Priscilla Ahn

Priscilla Ahn (YouTube)

 

Musician

“Especially with music, I try to just approach it as an equal. Even just being a female, you can sort of go into the business like, ‘I’m a young female; I need to stick up for this and that.’ I try not to think about that stuff too much.”

7. Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu (TV Guide)

Lucy Liu (TV Guide)

Actress, Elementary

On playing a female Watson on Elementary: “It is shocking — not for me because I like things to be turned on their head — but for some people, it’s sort of like making 007 a woman, you know what I mean? They’re like, “Wait a minute … this is what it’s supposed to be. Ham and cheese is ham and cheese — you don’t suddenly make it gruyere.” Then they taste it and they like it. Brie, swiss, cheddar … people hate change, but suddenly it’ll become normal. Like it did with Obama. It got so blown out of proportion, then it happened and now it’s not a big deal to have an African-American President. It just takes time for people to understand that the world isn’t going to blow up if Watson is a woman. People were weird when they found out there’d be an Asian in “Charlie’s Angels” … people were surprised, but then I think they were pleasantly surprised [with how it turned out].”

8. Maggy Q

Maggie Q (IGN)

Maggie Q (IGN)

Actress

“It’s just cool for a girl to be able to do her own thing. I do a lot of movies, and I’m very lucky, and I’m not complaining. But in movies, alongside big action men, we’ve always got to take a step back and let the men shine.”