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    People Told Us Their 25 Favorite Female Empowerment TV Scenes, And I'm Crying Feminist Tears


    Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite female empowerment scenes on TV. Here are some of the best!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.
    WARNING: Some submissions contain mentions of sexual assault.


    1. On Glee, when Mercedes sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

    2. On Sex Education, when all of Aimee's friends got on the bus with her after her sexual assault.

    Maeve tells Aimee it's just a stupid bus and they're all getting on with her, then they do

    3. On Once Upon a Time, when Emma gave advice to a pregnant Cinderella.

    Emma tells Cinderella that people will tell you who you are your whole life and you have to push back and tell them who you are, and that you have to change things yourself because there are no fairy godmothers

    4. On Jessica Jones, when Jessica told Trish she loved her, then killed Kilgrave.

    Kilgrave tells Jessica to say she loves him, so Jessica looks at Trish and says "I love you," then picks up Kilgrave by his neck and says "smile" before snapping it

    5. On Handmaid's Tale, when all of the Handmaids refused to stone Janine.

    June drops her rock and says she's sorry to Aunt Lydia, then the other girls follow suit

    6. On Golden Girls, when Blanche stood up to her professor who asked for sexual favors in return for an A.

    Blanche says she's a lady and her self-worth is more important than passing his course, so he can kiss her A (while slamming her test on him)

    7. On Grey's Anatomy, when all the women in the hospital lined the hallway to escort a sexual assault survivor to surgery.

    8. Also on Grey's Anatomy, when Cristina reminded Meredith of her worth.

    Cristina says that Derek is very dreamy, but he isn't the sun — she is

    9. On Parks and Recreation, when Ann told Leslie she'd won the race for city council.

    Ann tells Leslie the recount is over and they've called the race, and that she won by 21 votes

    10. On The Bold Type, when Jacqueline took the weights from Mia, revealing she'd been sexually assaulted.

    11. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Amy was jealous that Rosa was asked to be a captain in another town, and Rosa told her that they had to have each other's backs.

    Rosa tells Amy as the only two women in the precinct they need to have each other's backs. Amy is surprised, asking if Rosa has her back, and Rosa says she does.

    12. On How to Get Away with Murder/Scandal, when Annalise schooled the Supreme Court on racism.

    Annalise asks the court if the court really wants to live in an America where money is prized above humanity and criminality is confused with mental health, then says the 6th amendment was ratified in 1791 and all citizens should have rights

    13. On The Crown, when Elizabeth discovered Churchill had been keeping his ailing health from her and put him in his place.

    Elizabeth says "I would like you to consider your response in light of the respect that my rank and my office deserve, not that which my age and gender might suggest."

    14. On Lost, when Sun wore a bikini to go in the water even though her controlling husband wouldn't approve.

    15. On Scandal, when Fitz summoned Olivia and she told him he had to earn her.

    Olivia says she's not a toy he can play with when he's horny or lonely or bored, that she's not the girl the guy gets at the end of the movie. She's not a fantasy — if he wants her he has to earn her

    16. On Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Sokka didn’t believe the Kyoshi warriors were great fighters because they were all women, and then Suki proved him wrong while still reminding Sokka of her femininity.

    Sokka says he treated Suki like a girl when he should've treated her like a warrior, and Suki says she's both and kisses him on the cheek

    17. Also on Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Katara stood up to a waterbending master who refused to teach her because she was a woman.

    18. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Buffy and Willow gave the Slayer power to every potential, and Buffy gave a speech about standing up.

    Buffy says from now on, every girl who could be a Slayer will, as we see young girls standing up for themselves

    19. On Game of Thrones, when Daenarys killed the masters in Astapor and freed the slaves.

    20. On Agent Carter, when Peggy said she knew her value.

    "I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter"

    21. On The Fosters, when a guy in the STEAM group tried to insult Marianna and she wasn't having it.

    the guy asks why she's being such a bitch, and Marianna replies "Bitches get stuff done"

    22. On Veronica Mars, when Veronica showed the court a video that incriminated corrupt police officers, and humiliated Sheriff Lamb.

    23. On Schitt's Creek, when Stevie sang "Maybe This Time."

    24. On Glee, when Beiste told his husband he was leaving him.

    His husband says "Who's going to love you now" and Beiste says "Me"

    25. And on The Magicians, when Margo talked about growing up as a woman, then unleashed the desert spirits on their oppressors.

    Margo says she's a king, not a princess, and that her father thought she was a bitch once she grew up and tried to be strong, smart, and pretty