9 Badass Feminist Quotes From the 2015 Golden Globes

The 2015 Golden Globes were a celebration of feminism. From departing hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's incredible opening monologue with a jaw-dropping Bill Cosby joke to Maggie Gyllenhaal's amazing speech praising powerful roles for women, it seemed like every moment was more feminist than the next. And in addition to what winners were saying onstage, the fact that shows about a transgender father in transition (Transparent) and a pregnant Latina teen (Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez) were recognized is incredible in it of itself.

Click through for nine of the most badass feminist quotes from the 2015 Golden Globes, and let's all cross our fingers that this trend continues all the way to the Oscars.

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Boyhood proves there are still great movies for women over 40, as long as you’re cast when you’re under 40.” — Amy Poehler

In Fey and Poehler’s amazing opening monologue at the 2015 Golden Globes, they made some poignant jokes about Bill Cosby and listed Amal Alamuddin’s amazing achievements, but one of the most memorable feminist moments was about how ageist Hollywood is. Do they really have to leave after this year? C’mon, we need more of them every year, for all of eternity.

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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin

“It’s nice that men at last are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy.” — Jane Fonda

“Finally, we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren’t funny.” — Lily Tomlin

This dynamic duo also delivered A+ zingers about stereotypes, proving that yes, women are definitely funny. Is it time for Grace and Frankie to premiere on Netflix yet? Counting down the days.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

“What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.”

Gyllenhaal’s entire acceptance speech was filled with a love letter to powerful women in movies and television, and this quote exemplifies how exciting it is to have so many incredible real roles for them. It was by far the most feminist speech of the night.

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Patricia Arquette

“Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her, and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character.”

Arquette thanked director Richard Linklater for giving her the role of a lifetime, and it’s about damn time that she won a Golden Globe. She wasn’t the only “middle-aged” role to be recognized, though, so hopefully this is a powerful trend we’ll see for years to come.

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Gina Rodriguez

“If we can create an effect that shows Latinos like the investment bankers, the doctors, and lawyers that exist in my own home, I think it’ll change the way young girls and young boys will look at themselves.”

This quote is from Rodriguez’s press room speech, but during her tearful Golden Globes acceptance speech onstage, she also thanked her sisters for being incredible role models and “a culture who wants to see themselves as heroes.” You’re my hero, Gina.

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Amy Adams

“I am so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her [Aviana, Adams’ daughter] so loudly. She watches everything and she sees everything, and I am just so, so grateful to all of you women in this room.”

All of the incredible women at the Globes were thanked tenfold with feminist speeches, but Adams thanking them on behalf of her daughter was one of the sweetest moments. National treasure, that Amy Adams.

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Joanne Froggart

“After this storyline aired, I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape, and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written but she just felt in some way that she wanted to be heard. And I’d just like to say, I heard you, and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you.”

Froggart spoke up for survivors of rape and women in general not only in her speech, but in the tremendous work she did onscreen on Downton Abbey that won her this award. And watching her co-star Laura Carmichael cry from the audience makes it even more powerful.

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Jill Soloway

“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn, and too many trans people who die too young.”

After the tragic suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, many have spoken out to honor her, but Soloway took it to the next level by dedicating her award to Alcorn. She also thanked the transgender community in general, saying Transparent wouldn’t be anywhere without their support.

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Julianne Moore

“When Lisa Genova wrote this book, she told me no one wanted to make it into a movie because she said no one wanted to see a movie about a middle-aged woman.”

Although the quote isn’t super feminist, the idea behind it certainly is: Hollywood isn’t known for making movies about middle-aged women, especially those with early onset Alzheimer’s. Brava to Genova for writing this story, and brava to Moore for playing the role so well. Hopefully both will inspire more stories like this on the big screen.

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