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The 25 Most Important Things BuzzFeed Shift Learned This Year

From the silly (terrible music festival fashion) to the serious (Marissa Mayer on women in computer science), we learned — and laughed — a lot this year.

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5. The writing team of "Girls" addressed one TV executive's statement that we've reached "peak vagina" on television.

"Just as every show created by and starring men on television fills its own niche, so do Whitney, 2 Broke Girls, and New Girl, and so will our show. It's frustrating to hear the inevitable comparisons because it suggests that there's only room for a certain number of 'shows for women.' To me, these are all just television shows, trying to do very different things from each other and yes, succeeding," said one.

6. Pinterest became unavoidable, and we started a conversation about its assault on feminism.

It's the number-one social network and website for women on the Internet right now. We love it — most of the time. But a troubling amount of the user-generated content is about dieting, exercise, and perfectionism.

8. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told us she hoped Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016.

"I'm going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016," Gillibrand told us in March, in her then-most-explicit endorsement of a 2016 Clinton ticket. "I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president. I think she's extremely well prepared. Her experience as Secretary of State has not only elevated her stature and experience, but she's proven she's someone who can get things done and I think she'd be an outstanding candidate."


14. And Chan was recognized as every Tiger Mom's dream child.

A BuzzFeed Shift essayist explained: "Her résumé reads like every immigrant mother’s dream: bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a medical degree from University of California San Francisco Medical School (one of the top five in the country); soon she’ll begin her pediatric residency at UCSF."

15. Shortly before becoming Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer told us that she hoped more women entered her field.

"We haven't achieved the gender balance that we should but it's still so early," Mayer said. "I think one of the things that really inspires people to go into an industry or practice in a field is being able to understand its impact. One of the things that studies have shown is that women are concerned with the impact of their work more than men are."

16. The strongest woman in America inspired us all when she went to the Olympics.

Sarah Robles went from Arizona to the London Olympics while living in poverty. "You can get that sponsorship if you’re a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini. But not if you’re a girl who’s built like a guy," she told us.