16 Qualities Of A Strong Woman — How Many Do You Have?

Strong women are made, not born. Anyone can take life by the horns and live boldly and unapologetically, and while they might try and fail sometimes, they always get back up and go right back to it. Here are some of the most common qualities of a strong woman. How many do you have?

  1. Courage Strong women get scared like everybody else, but the difference is they keep going even though they’re afraid. They push themselves out of their comfort zones to improve themselves, even if it’s scary sometimes. They show courage in their love lives as well as at work and in life in general.
  2. Independence Strong women are independent in that they don’t need anyone else to complete them. A romantic partner might enhance their life. They might prefer to have a significant other because life can often be more enjoyable that way. But when push comes to shove, they don’t feel they need anybody else to live a fulfilling life. They are enough on their own.
  3. Security within themselves Another of the most important qualities of a strong woman is being self-assured. She doesn’t feel the need to tear other people down—particularly other women—because she’s insecure. It doesn’t make her feel better to degrade other people. Instead, she can be happy for other people and doesn’t feel threatened by their success or good fortune.
  4. Responsibility Taking responsibility for yourself is a sign of strength. Strong women own up to their mistakes and take control of their lives. They are financially responsible and also take responsibility when it comes to their health and wellbeing. They might sometimes struggle with the adulting thing (as we all do), but they’re committed to being accountable for their own happiness.
  5. Ambition This is one of the most tell-tale qualities of a strong woman. Strong women set goals for themselves and they work towards them. They aren’t afraid to follow their dreams and can even withstand being laughed at or doubted as they hustle towards achieving their aspirations.
  6. Resilience Strong women are resilient. Put simply, they bounce back from hardships. While it might be hard in the beginning for them to get back up again, they keep going after every setback until resilience becomes second nature. When they want something and set their minds to achieving it, they don’t take no for an answer.
  7. Work ethic While they may have big dreams and expectations, strong women aren’t entitled. They don’t expect everybody else to hand them the things they want on a silver platter. Rather, they’re prepared to work for it. Strong women are known for their fierce work ethic. They will always put in the hard yards to meet their goals. That said, they also don’t neglect self-care…
  8. Balance Strength isn’t just about hard work. Sometimes it takes a lot of strength to step back and stop working because you need to look after your mental and physical health. Strong women maintain balance in their lives by putting their foot down when one thing, like a job, is demanding too much of them.
  9. Acceptance of her own flaws and limitations Despite these many positive traits, strong women aren’t perfect. Rather, they are aware of their own flaws and limitations. They don’t waste time trying to be flawless and instead learn how to embrace their imperfections. This is one of the most important qualities of a strong woman. She knows she’s not perfect, but she’s still amazing.
  10. The ability to set boundaries It takes a lot of strength to set boundaries in your life, especially if you aren’t used to it. Strong women become pros at setting boundaries, which are required to stay in control of your life and protect your safety and well-being. Strong women are brave enough to have difficult conversations and assert their needs and wants. They also don’t tolerate their boundaries being breached.
  11. Optimism Staying positive when the world gives you so many reasons to be negative really is a mark of strength. Optimism is particularly remarkable in today’s world because this mindset can often leave you disappointed. But strong women look at the bright side of life and choose to remain positive even when things aren’t going so well. They don’t allow negative things to destroy their hope or faith.
  12. Willingness to be vulnerable There’s strength in vulnerability. Strong women put themselves out there and know how to be vulnerable in the right situations, which can be extremely difficult and terrifying. Even though they might get hurt, they choose to open up because vulnerability can often lead to the strongest connections.
  13. Self-belief This is a hallmark sign of a strong woman. Even when no one else has faith in them, they have faith in themselves. They might have every reason to give up, but their unshakable belief in themselves means that they never stop as they work towards their dreams.
  14. The ability to uphold standards A strong woman knows her self-worth, so she has standards that she expects to be met. One those expectations are established, she won’t accept anything less. The ability to uphold those standards is a lot more difficult than settling, and is one of the best qualities a strong woman possesses.
  15. Confidence (not arrogance) Strong women are confident in how they come across but never arrogant. They believe they’re enough as they are, not that they’re better than everyone else.
  16. Progress A strong woman knows that personal development is a life-long journey. She’s constantly evolving and improving herself, learning from her mistakes, and making changes that make her life better. Change is scary, and it’s much easier to remain stagnant sometimes, so this quality is rare.
Vanessa Locampo is an Aussie writer who’s equally obsessed with YA fiction and pasta. Her time is divided between writing all the things, reading all the things, listening to Queen, and bopping her cat on the nose. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and has written for sites including Hotsprings.co and Discovering Montana, and currently works as an editor at Glam. You can keep up with her on Instagram @vanessaellewrites.