The Most Inspirational Quotes from Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards

Cindi Leive
Cynthia Nixon, Mamie Gummer, and Grace Gummer
Gold Medal Olympians: Gabby Douglas, Allison Felix, Kayla Harrison, and Carli Lloyd
Jenna Lyons
Lauren Hutton
Lena Dunham
Ethel Kennedy and Rory Kennedy
Selena Gomez
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Ruth Bader-Ginsberg
Cindi Leive Cynthia Nixon, Mamie Gummer, and Grace Gummer Gold Medal Olympians: Gabby Douglas, Allison Felix, Kayla Harrison, and Carli Lloyd Jenna Lyons Lauren Hutton Lena Dunham Ethel Kennedy and Rory Kennedy Selena Gomez Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Ruth Bader-Ginsberg
By Valis Vicenty November 14, 2012
“The Glamour woman of the year sees what they have to do and just go do that. When they want to do work they just go do that like Jane Goodall, when they want to accept the CEO job at Yahoo and announce their pregnancy in the same day like Marissa [Mayer] herself did this summer, they just go do that, and when ordinary citizens see a thousand ways to help each other through the worst natural disaster in East Coast history, they just go do that.” - Cindi Leive
“Whatever you choose however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I hope you choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” – Nora Ephron
“For all of you girls who are striving for your dreams don’t ever stop. Always keep pushing, and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from what you want to accomplish.” –Gabby Douglas

“I know when I’m defeated, when I’m worn out, and I ask myself, ‘Why do I continue to torture my body like this?’ It’s the phenomenal women that we honor tonight that I continue to turn to for hope and inspiration to continue on.” – Allison Felix

“There have been a lot of incredible women up here, I’ve just learned so much just by sitting in this audience let alone being up on this stage. For all the girls and boys, you’re the women of the year for me because I will bet you more than anything that you’re going to be the ones standing up here in a few years from now, and I have faith in you.” – Missy Franklin
“To all of you girls, while you may see a polished girl with a fancy title, my start was not polished or fancy. I was an assistant to an assistant and I sat in the hallway. I think that if you are doing what you love during the day, you just might find yourself some day at Carnegie Hall receiving an award for doing something that you love.” – Jenna Lyons
“It’s not the we women need to rule the world, it’s that nature made us to do side by side.” – Lauren Hutton
“It’s hard for me to fathom the idea of being a woman of the year, not in a humble pie way because who me is one of the most annoying genres of things to say as we know. It’s just that what I do is not Bader-Ginsberg level change, and I mess up, and I fall down, and I goof up. [But] I encourage every woman in this room and outside its walls to not be silent about your rights whatever that means to you. I’d like to dedicate this award to the memory of my friend and mentor Nora Ephron, who is most certainly my woman of the year.” – Lena Dunham
“I think [Ethel Kennedy’s] glamour comes from her vision of the world, and my mother has the attitude that nothing is impossible, and this has carried her though her life – through difficult moments and great moments, and on a basic level of just getting 11 children dressed in ski clothes and up the mountain. My mother is relentless and is up for anything.” – Rory Kennedy
“I’m so honored to be in a room with woman who I can only aspire to be as good as they are one day. I just wanted to share with the girls out there that you have a voice; you have a chance to do whatever it is you love whether it’s acting or singing and just being true to who you are. ” – Selena Gomez
“Where I grew up in Pakistan, it's really the luck of the draw. My mother got married when she was 17. She never went to college but she wanted each and every one of us to go to college and then work. She was relentless about it. And i think that part of who i am is shaped by her strength. If [girls] families support them, they can achieve their dreams” – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Not very long ago, the only way to distinguish the justices by appearance was to separate the bearded from the close-shaven. Is it not, as Nina said, a wonderful sign of progress that now three women serve on our Supreme court an no one confuses me with Justice Sotomayor or Justice Kagan.” – Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg
Carnegie Hall swelled with inspiration Monday night at the Glamour Woman of the Year Award as Hollywood’s brightest honored the likes of Dame Zaha Hadid, Erin Merryn, Annie Leibovitz, and more. These groundbreakers, influencers, and every day heroes stand as testament of women’s progress and pushed for everyone in the audience to keep moving forward. Here are some of the most inspiring words from the ceremony.
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