"My father respected and admired my mother and was a person who was always standing by my side, encouraging me to do more and believed in my capacity. So in that sense, my own experience was very good in becoming an empowered woman. From early on, I carried that strong message: 'You can do it.' So I never had any doubt that women can do a lot."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Michelle Bachelet on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Michelle Bachelet on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Michelle Bachelet on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Michelle Bachelet on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Michelle Bachelet on Mark Twain
"In today's interdependent world, a threat to one becomes a menace to all. And no state can defeat these challenges and threats alone."
"I was not born in a home where there were stereotypes. So that was very useful because it gave me the sense of possibilities, of flying, if I may say, of making my hopes and dreams a reality."
"When women earn the money for the family, everyone in the family benefits. We also know that when women have an income, everyone wins because women dedicate 90% of the income to health, education, to food security, to the children, to the family, or to the community, so when women have an income, everybody wins."
"One of the factors a country's economy depends on is human capital. If you don't provide women with adequate access to healthcare, education and employment, you lose at least half of your potential. So, gender equality and women's empowerment bring huge economic benefits."
"The 2010 global gender gap report by the World Economic Forum shows that countries with better gender equality have faster-growing, more competitive economies."