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17 Times Shonda Rhimes Ruled The Damn World

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2. When she honored every woman who came before her and cracked the glass ceiling so that she could bust through it and do her thing.

"How many women had to hit that glass before the pressure of their effort caused it to evolve from a thick pane of glass into just a thin sheet of splintered ice?" she said at The Hollywood Reporter's Women In Entertainment brunch. "When it was my turn to run, it didn't even look like a ceiling anymore. I mean, the wind was already whistling through — I could always feel it on my face. And there were all these holes giving me a perfect view to other side. I didn't even notice the gravity, I think it had worn itself away. So I didn't have to fight as hard, I had time to study the cracks. I had time to decide where the air felt the rarest, where the wind was the coolest, where the view was the most soaring. I picked my spot in the glass and called it my target. And I ran."

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3. And when, basking in the success of Grey's, she turned around and created Scandal – and Olivia Pope, the first black female lead of a network drama in nearly 40 years.

6. Which directly resulted in her championing How To Get Away With Murder, which she co-executive produced – and which led to Her Supreme Highness Viola Davis being the first woman of color ever to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama.

7. And let's not forget that this is an EVERY. DAMN. DAY kind of deal. EVERY DAY she runs a full-blown empire with hundreds of people on staff.

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8. When she acknowledged the strange blip in logic that made her so very necessary in the first place.

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“I have against the odds, courageously pioneered the art of writing for people of color as if they were human beings," she said during her acceptance speech for the Producer's Guild's Norman Lear Award For Achievement in Television. "I’ve bravely gone around just casting parts for actors who were the best ones. I fearlessly faced down ABC when they completely agreed with me that Olivia Pope should be black. And I raised my sword heroically and then put it down again when Paul Lee never fought me about any of my storytelling choices... There was no blazing and no trails. It's not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is. Women are smart and strong. They are not sex toys or damsels in distress. People of color are not sassy or dangerous or wise. And, believe me, people of color are never anybody's sidekick in real life."

11. When she put her foot down that hard work is the only thing that takes dreams anywhere.

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"Dreams are lovely," she said during her Dartmouth 2014 commencement address. "But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change."

12. When she got real about being confident in her decisions as she dominates the world: "If I'm going to make a crazy decision, then I better be damn sure."

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"I'm in a position of power where I run this world and handle this situation,"she told the New York Times in 2013. "If I'm going to make a crazy decision, then I better be damn sure. Because it's not like anybody's going to tell me, 'You can't do that.'"

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15. Every time her massive platform wasn't just a ratings smash, but a block of television that painted women of color as the complex, fully realized human beings that they are.

16. And whenever she had the confidence to call herself a badass.

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“I strive for badassery," she wrote in her book Year Of Yes. "Men do it all the time. Take the compliment and run. They don’t make themselves smaller. They don’t apologize for being powerful. They don’t downplay their accomplishments. Badassery is a new level of confidence in both yourself and those around you.”

17. And when she spoke of a prophecy that Oprah surely related to: "I remember saying, very almost jokingly, I'm going to take over the world through television."

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"...That's my plan. And I said it to my agent, and I said it to my friends, and I said it to myself. I wrote it in my journal and part of me was joking and part of me wasn't. Ten years, three shows, one network. It's not bad."

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