Kit Steinkellner
December 21, 2015 9:49 am

Let’s hear it for the women of 2015! This year was one for the history books, a whole bunch of women saying all the smart and important things that needed to be said. We are so grateful to our idols for taking the cultural conversation to the next level, and in the process, encouraging us all to be our smartest, strongest, bravest, best selves.

Here are some of our favorite things said by our favorite ladies this year:

Basically Viola Davis’ whole historic Emmys speech

Best awards speech in human history? It’s definitely up there.

Our most quotable lady led with a quote herself:

And then she got to her own hugely important words:

With shoutouts to  Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Halle Berry, and fellow Lead Actress nominee Taraji P. Henson of Empire fame, Davis concluded with “Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you.”

Davis for president, Davis for queen.

Emma Watson’s moving words about pushing through fear

In September of 2014, Watson gave her now insanely famous #HeForShe United Nations speech. As she revealed this summer, she was terrified to give the speech, but when a friend gave her some great advice (“‘Go through it again and ask yourself, if you were hit by a bus tomorrow, would you be comfortable with every single line?’”) Watson realized she had to rise above her terror.

Gina Rodriguez drops all the body positivity wisdom

Rodriguez literally made her interviewer cry when she talked about the importance of defining beauty for oneself:

“I remember growing up and it was like ‘Oh you got a big butt, you gotta big butt,” and now everybody’s injecting peanut butter into their butts! When I was in high school, it was so uncool. They’re trends … so why not just love yourself the way you are right now, because then you don’t have to change, you don’t have to spend money on it, and then you’ll never go out of style. It’s so much better.”

Hillary Clinton’s powerful statements about potentially being the first woman president

Um, SO MANY, but we particularly love, from the October Democratic debate “Finally fathers will be able to say to their daughters: ‘You, too, can grow up to be president.’”

Shonda Rhimes has a word she likes better than diversity

“I really hate the word ‘diversity,’” Rhimes explained this year while accepting an award. “It suggests something. . . other. As if it is something. . .  special. Or rare. Diversity! As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV. I have a different word. Normalizing. I’m normalizing TV. I am making TV look like the world looks.“

Gloria Steinem on what to do if someone calls you a b*tch

I could no sooner choose a favorite Steinem quote than a star in the sky, but if I HAD to pick just one for the sake of this post not being eighty million words long, it might be Steinem’s advice re: what to do if someone calls you a b*tch.

Amy Poehler on failing on her own terms

“I’ve failed a million times on stage, just not getting laughs,” Poehler told Fast Company. Over the course of her career, she adds, “I’ve listened to notes that I knew weren’t right. I’ve pitched ideas and let other people change them, knowing that it was the wrong choice. The question you have to ask yourself is: How do you want to fail? Do you want to fail in a way that feels like it respects your tastes and value system?”

Michelle Obama on making your own choices

Michelle Obama should give ALL the commencement speeches, check out the wisdom she dropped on Tuskegee University this year:

(Images via Fox, Shutterstock, The CW)

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