Inspiring Quotes From Women About Money, Wealth, and Power

Quotes and Advice from Powerful Women on Money, Wealth, Saving, and What It’s Like to Be a Woman With Money

Any powerful and successful woman will tell you that boasting about your accomplishments can cost you. And no, we’re not just talking about dollars. Research has shown that women are often discouraged from showing and exhibiting pride in their empires, especially their financial accomplishments and sizeable bank accounts. Why is this? Well, it doesn’t match up with typical female gender stereotype of submissiveness, interpersonal sensitivity, and supportiveness, for starters. 

While they may not be supported culturally in their quest to be rich, that hasn’t stopped women all throughout history from discussing their wealth through various quotes about money: its role in their success, how it can negatively and positively affect their lives, and what they’re most proud of in regards to their money. But most importantly, these women define money beyond just its dollar amount. It’s about independence, opportunity, time, and ambition.

Read on for women’s quotes about money, which will do nothing short of inspire you.

These independent women quotes about money come from heavy hitters like Joan Rivers to Marilyn Monroe to Coco Chanel to Helen Gurley Brown. These women’s quotes don’t shy away from discussing money and its effect on power, ambition, and how it reveals the true character of others.

Rita Rudner

Rita Rudner

An American actress, comedian, and writer, Rita Rudner received a Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Television and Radio for Ask Rita, her comedy show. She’s performed along heavy hitters such as Sheryl Crow and Bette Midler and has also appeared on the hit show, Melissa & Joey.

“Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.” -Rita Rudner

Katharine Meyer

Katharine Meyer

A decorated journalist, Katharine Meyer was publisher and CEO of her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, for more than two decades. She was at the helm during the Watergate coverage that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation; and in 1972, Meyer became the first female Fortune 500 CEO. She also won a Pulitzer Prize for Personal History, her 1998 memoir.

“It one is rich and one’s a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.” -Katharine Meyer

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Widely considered one of the most famous American actresses of all time, Marilyn Monroe starred in several iconic films, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. Monroe’s films grossed more than $200 million over her lifetime.

“If there is only one thing in my life that I am proud of, it’s that I’ve never been a kept woman.” -Marilyn Monroe

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Activist, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman was the first African-American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar. She began practicing law representing activists with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during the Civil Rights Movement.

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” -Marian Wright Edelman

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

The first woman to host a late night network talk show (the eponymous The Late Show With Joan Rivers, the late Joan Rivers has also authored 12 best-selling books and was nominated for a Grammy Award for her comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?

Rivers went on to become famous for her red carpet interviews with E!, and was called, in 1968 by a New York Times television critic notably described her as, “quite possibly the most intuitively funny woman alive.” Rivers passed away in 2014.

“People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” -Joan Rivers

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, Coco Chanel is a French fashion designer and founder of the iconic luxury brand Chanel. Chanel also counts being the sole fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century and liberating women of the early 20th century from the corset among her accomplishments. 

“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” -Coco Chanel

Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown

Helen Gurley Brown was the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years, and also published the 1962 bestselling advice book for women, Sex and the Single Girl, which encouraged and advocated for women’s financial independence from men, and sex before marriage.

This title also inspired the 1964 film of the same name, starring Natalie Wood and Henry Fonda. Sex and the Single Girl sold 2 million copies in the first three weeks, was a triple bestseller, made the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Time bestseller lists, and was published in 28 countries.

“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.” -Helen Gurley Brown

Suzanne Necker

Suzanne Necker

Also known as Suzanne Curchod, Suzanne Necker was a French-Swiss writer and literary salon hostess of the 18th century. Necker’s salon was frequented by great writers and minds of the times, including the editors of  French encyclopedia, Encyclopédie. She also founded The Hôpital Necker — Enfants Malades, the first pediatric hospital in the Western world.

“Fortune does not change [people], it unmasks them.” -Suzanne Necker

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Music superstar Stevie Nicks is the lead singer and songwriter of the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac. Combined with her solo work, Nicks has sold over 140 million albums and produced more than 40 “Top 50” hits. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

“When you’re rich and famous you are the dominant force in a relationship, even if you try hard not to be. I’ve talked of sacrificing everything for Fleetwood Mac, but I realize now that it is simply the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.” -Stevie Nicks

Margaret Bonnano

Margaret Bonnano

Margaret Bonnano is the author of six Star Trek novels and other science fiction works, including 1997’s Preternatural, and its sequel, Preternatural 3, both named New York Times Notable Books.

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.”        -Margaret Bonnano

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah wears many hats: feminist, rapper and songwriter, model, actress, television producer, comedienne, record producer, even talk show host. She can also add an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy Award to her laundry list of achievements.

“Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them some type of status – there’s joy in that.” -Queen Latifah

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Perhaps most well-known as the host of Top Chef, a role she’s had since 2006, Padma Lakshmi is also the author of the cookbook Easy Exotic, which earned a “Best First Book” award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

She’s also a celebrated model and has worn designs from Ralph Lauren to Versace to Armani. “I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan, and New York. I’m the first one to admit that I was a novelty,” Laksmi says.

“I was lucky to have a successful career as a model, but that was just a way to pay off my student loans.” – Padma Lakshmi

Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce

The first American woman to hold a major ambassadorial post abroad, Clare Boothe Luce also wrote the successful play The Women, which featured an all-woman cast.

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” -Clare Boothe Luce

Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell

A celebrity to any woman familiar with the cult classic series, Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell can count author and television producer also among her accolades.

“Money follows art. Money wants what it can’t buy. Class and talent. And remember while there’s a talent for making money, it takes real talent to know how to spend it.” -Candace Bushnell

Talking about money management and saving money are a universal issue, especially the struggle to keep on top of your monthly bills, save for retirement, and be sure you’re also padding your savings. That’s not to mention the importance of investing.

From Ayn Rand to Beyoncé, notables from all different time periods and walks of life have commented on the value of money beyond simply commerce. They’ve discussed its link to power and how having – and keeping – more is a link to autonomy and freedom. Below are the best of those quotes about money.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

You’re likely no stranger to Beyoncé. Queen Bey, as she’s affectionately known to her hive of followers, has the number one spot on Forbes’ 2014 “100 Most Powerful Celebrities” list, 22 Grammy awards, and 62 nominations. She also regularly writes/sings about feminist issues. The line, “Who run the world? Girls!” comes to mind. 

“I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.” –Beyoncé

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand

The author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand was a playwright, novelist,  philosopher, and widely respected intellectual.

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” -Ayn Rand

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is an award-winning financial journalist, author, and motivational speaker, the financial editor for The Today Show on NBC, and AARP’s personal finance ambassador.

She’s also the host of the HerMoney with Jean Chatzky, and has written several books, most recently, Operation Money, and Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security.

“By definition, saving – for anything – requires us to not get things now so we can get bigger ones later.” -Jean Chatzky

Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam

The author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues, Laura Vanderkam has also  written for publications such as Fast Company, Fortune, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

“Smart women figure out what, exactly, makes them happiest. They spend generously on those things but cut out the rest.” –Laura Vanderkam

Elisabeth Leamy

Elisabeth Leamy

Elisabeth Leamy is a broadcaster and columnist that can count 15 Emmys among her accomplishments. She’s currently a consumer and investigative correspondent for the Dr. Oz. Show. She’s also the author of Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands and The Savvy Consumer: How To Avoid Scams and Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money.

“Save money on the big, boring stuff so you can have something left over for life’s little pleasures.” –Elisabeth Leamy

Jeannette Bajalia

Jeannette Bajalia

This quotable woman is the founder of Women’s Worth, a financial planning service aimed primarily at women.

“I think the harder part is having the discipline to save. So my tip is: save now or pay later. Far too many people wake up in their sixties and realize they don’t have enough money. I say, let go of the mentality of spending money for immediate gratification to protect yourself in the long-term.” –Jeannette Bajalia

Suze Orman

Suze Orman

If you’re well-versed at all in the world of financial advice, you’ve likely heard of Suze Orman. She’s authored The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, Women & Money: Owning The Power To Control Your Destiny, and The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke. She’s also a television host, financial advisor, and speaker.

“Stop buying things you don’t need, to impress people you don’t even like.” -Suze Orman

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

The longest-serving First Lady of the U.S., Eleanor Roosevelt was also the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and was a champion for both women’s rights and civil rights.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Lauded by some as the face of second-wave feminism, Gloria Steinem was a co-founder of Ms. magazine, as well as an activist and journalist. She was also a columnist for New York Magazine.

“You can tell your values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” -Gloria Steinem

Mae West

Mae West

An early advocate of gay and transgender rights, Mae West was also an actress, singer, playwright and screenwriter.

“Money is of value for what it buys, and in love, it buys time, place, intimacy, comfort and a private corner alone.” -Mae West

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence has appeared in acclaimed films such as Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy, and The Hunger Games, just to name a few. Lawrence has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven MTV movie awards, among others. She’s also the second youngest actress to win an Oscar.

“I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it.” -Jennifer Lawrence

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Iconic poet and author, Maya Angelou is the author the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, as well as seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several books of poetry, just to name a few.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” -Maya Angelou