Cherie Blair, barrister – "Don't be discouraged if there aren't enough role models paving the way for you. Imagine the future as you want it to be and you will succeed."
Oprah Winfrey, entrepreneur and TV host – "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."
Melinda Gates, philanthropist – "Make sure you continue to trust what you know about yourself and stay true to what you believe in."
Christiane Amanpour, CNN correspondent – "Never think you can't do anything because you're a woman, everything is open to you as a girl. The future is yours."
Fabiola Gianotti, CERN experimental physicist – "Always find the time to do something for other people. Indeed, there is nothing more rewarding than making someone else happy."
Women of wisdom – American comedian Phyllis Diller on her wishes for the future.
Victoria Azarenka, professional tennis player – "Follow your dreams, always be yourself, never be afraid to show the real you and have fun; Always live in the present."