6 Times Powerful Women Set Healthy Boundaries with One Line

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When talking about health and wellness, we often neglect the importance of mental health and sometimes forget to tend to our minds. One of the best ways to care for your mental health is by setting boundaries — especially with those in your life who can drain you of your energy or make you feel lesser than. With the help of a few legendary ladies, we’re taking note from some of their most iconic one-liners to revisit the power of creating hard boundaries and how to approach tough, toxic situations.

"Reclaiming my time." (Rep. Maxine Waters)

The irreplaceable and untouchable Rep. Maxine Waters sparked an anthem when she repeated the phrase "Reclaiming my time" to Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin every time he avoided her question.

During a 2017 hearing of the House Financial Services Committee, she asked why he hadn’t responded to a letter she’d sent him three months earlier questioning the then president’s Russian ties. Rather than answering the question, Mnuchin began complimenting the congresswomen for her service to California.

Waters repeated the three words, thanked him for his kind words, then urged him to answer the question. She continues to do so throughout the rest of her allotted time.

The moment transcended generations and kindled social media hashtags, inspiring memes, and conversations across the country about time and respect. It’s also become a gospel remix on YouTube.

"I'm speaking." (Vice President Kamala Harris)

During the final vice-presidential debate of 2020, Vice President Kamala Harris told Former Vice President Mike Pence "I'm speaking” when he interjects as she’s talking.

When he interrupts her once again at a later time, she pauses, smiles, and continues: “If you don’t mind letting me finish, we can have a conversation.”

This display of elegance and power is inspiring, but it’s also infectious. She’s now breaking barriers as the first Black and South Asian female Vice President of the United States — and her iconic line is now on t-shirts, ball caps, and buttons everywhere!