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The Best Career Advice for Women from Celebrity Women

Women at the top of their field—whether they're A-list actresses or CEOs of multinational corporations—usually got there by working incredibly hard and benefiting from a little luck along the way. And once they've arrived, they've usually earned a few valuable lessons. If you're looking for guidance in these areas—and who isn't?—these bits of celebrity wisdom are priceless.

Tina Fey

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“So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”

Tina Fey
Writer, actress, and author of Bossypants 

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Oprah Winfrey

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“When you’re doing the work you’re meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you’re getting paid.”

Oprah Winfrey
Media mogul

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Rachael Ray

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“You have to be open-minded when those early opportunities present themselves; take advantage of them whether they’re going to make you a lot of money or not.”

Rachael Ray
Chef, cookbook author, and television personality

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Joan Rivers

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“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
Comedian

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Gloria Steinem

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“I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.”

Gloria Steinem
Journalist, author, and political activist

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Lady Gaga career quote

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“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore."

Lady Gaga
Entertainer

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Suze Orman

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“You have to ask for what you deserve, and not feel guilty about it. Do not put yourself on sale.”

Suze Orman
Financial planner

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JK Rowling

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“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

JK Rowling
Author

 

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Arianna Huffington

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“A key component of wisdom is fearlessness, which is not the absence of fear, but rather not letting our fears get in the way.”

Arianna Huffington
Author and founder of The Huffington Post

 

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Paris Hilton

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“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.”

Paris Hilton
Celebrity

 

 

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Madonna

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“Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.”

Madonna
Entertainer

 

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Anita Roddick

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“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”

Anita Roddick
Founder of The Body Shop

Katharine Hepburn

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“Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn’t interest you, don’t do it. I would have made a terrible mother.”

Katharine Hepburn
Actress

 

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Barbara Walters

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“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”

Barbara Walters
Former anchor of ABC News: 20/20

 

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Roseanne Barr

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“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.”

Roseanne Barr
Comedian and actress

 

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Bette Davis

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“No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.”

Bette Davis
Actress

 

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Sally Field

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“My agent said, ‘You aren’t good enough for movies.’ I said, ‘You’re fired.’”

Sally Field
Actress

 

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Jane Fonda

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“If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.”

Jane Fonda
Actress and activist

 

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RuPaul

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“All sins are forgiven once you start making a lot of money.”

RuPaul
Drag queen

 

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Ameila Earhart

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“The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.”

Amelia Earhart
Aviator

 

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