“There are more than 20 million immigrant women and girls in the United States today, and they are a formidable presence in U.S. society and the U.S. economy. ” The American Immigration Council says.  Here are 10 inspiring quotes from a few of those 20 million.

  1. Celia Cruz, salsa singer and Cuban immigrant
  2. Martina Navratilova, tennis player and Czech immigrant1-(3)
  3. Christiane Amanpour, journalist and British immigrantchristiane
  4. Kiran Desai, author and Indian immigrant
  5. Elaine Chao, former U.S. secretary of labor and Chinese immigrantelaine
  6. Fatima Jibrell, environmental activist and Somali immigrantfatima
  7. Joni Mitchell, singer-songwriter and Canadian immigrantjoni
  8. Dr. Alma Jadallah, conflict-resolution expert and Jordanian immigrantalma
  9. Dr. Sossina Haile, chemist and Ethiopian immigrant
  10. Madeline Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and Czech immigrantmad