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Girl Power Quotes from Funny Women

Funny women are finally starting to have their moment in the sun! After the huge successes of Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Broad City, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and more, it's clear that Hollywood is funnier and female-r than ever. And we can't get enough of it! So, we rounded up our favorite girl power quotes from some of the funny women you know—or should know—and love.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey

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"Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don't care if they like it."

Tina Fey was the first female head writer on Saturday Night Live. She was the mastermind behind Mean Girls, 30 Rock, and overnight sensation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And she has hosted the Golden Globes three years in a row with comedy co-queen and long-time friend Amy Poehler. There is nothing Tina Fey can't do, and it's because she doesn't waste any time on the haters.

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Amy Poehler

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"That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me."

You know Amy Poehler. Whether you've seen her on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Rec, or Mean Girls, it's easy to see that Amy is a positive—and hilarious—role model. Since her rise to fame, she has become an advocate for young girls and women alike. So it should come as no surprise that she founded the Smart Girls organization, "a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves." Their motto is "Change the world by being yourself."

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Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero

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"If you look at NBC, two of their most successful shows—30 Rock and Parks And Rec—are written by women, produced by women, and I think that's the future. Women are the new men."

You might recognize Natasha Leggero from the recent and ruthless roast of Justin Bieber, but this stand-up comedian has appeared in everything from Chelsea Lately to Brickleberry. A classic girly-girl, Natasha is known for thriving in a male-dominated stand-up world without sacrificing an ounce of glamour.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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"If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you're active in your community, there's nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life."

Once famously Elaine Benes on Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has risen again as Christine on The New Adventures of Old Christine and more recently as Vice President Seline Meyer on Veep. She has always been an advocate for women in entertainment, but she also makes a difference in the world by raising awareness and funding for environmental organizations and projects.

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Melissa McCarthy

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"I've never felt like I needed to change. I've always thought, 'If you want someone different, pick somebody else.'"

Melissa McCarthy knows what works for her, and she works it hard. After her hilarious performance as Megan in Bridesmaids, Melissa has been everywhere: Tammy, Identity Thief, This is 40, The Heat, and soon, Ghostbusters. She is the perfect example of a hilarious, confident woman who unapologetically does her thing.

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Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

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"Don't become something just because someone else wants you to or because it's easy; you won't be happy. You have to do what you really, really, really, really want to do, even if it scares the s—t out of you."

SNL graduate Kristen Wiig knows what it means to follow your dreams and have them come true. The naturally shy actress has gone from fearing public speaking to performing on live television and beyond. Even before her emotional SNL departure in 2014, Kristen had starred in Bridesmaids and voiced characters in Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon. And it doesn't look like she's slowing down: Kristen is set to appear in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters.

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Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

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"I don't look my best when I wake up. But I do feel beautiful when I'm tired and happy and I've had a good laugh and a glass of champagne."

After starring alongside fellow SNL cast member Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph has kept busy. Besides caring for her four kids, Maya—her voice anyway—has been featured in Turbo, The Nut Job, The Awesomes, and Big Hero 6. Still, she understands the importance of the little things like champagne and a good laugh.

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Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

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"Am I a feminist? F—k yeah, I'm a feminist. I think that unfortunately people who are maybe threatened by feminism think that it's about setting your bra on fire and being aggressive, and I think that's really wrong and really dangerous."

If you don't know Jenny Slate's face from the indie hit Obvious Child—go watch it—or from her appearances as Mona-Lisa on Parks and Rec, you will know her voice. She's Marcel the Shell with Shoes On! And this funny lady is all about representing feminism proudly and accurately.

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Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

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"Why didn't you talk about whether women are funny or not? I just felt that by commenting on that in any real way, it would be tacit approval of it as a legitimate debate, which it isn't."

Since her hilarious supporting role on The Office, Mindy Kaling has become a star. She's quite literally the star of The Mindy Project, but she has also voiced characters in Wreck-It Ralph, Despicable Me, and soon Inside Out. Her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) addresses important themes like friendship, confidence, and hard work; it included this little nugget.

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Amy Schumer

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"The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh."

Stand-up comedian Amy Schumer has said, "I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to and some can't." So, she knows that there's always a way to smile, even when you're feeling the worst. Keep up with Amy on her TV show Inside Amy Schumer or on the big-screen soon in Trainwreck.

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Retta

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"When I started [auditioning for acting roles], it was all meter maids or the sassy nurse or the sassy receptionist in the hospital. And I felt like: Are those the only jobs that large, black women have?"

Retta is a stand-up comedian and dedicated live-tweeter, but most people recognize her as the hysterical office manager Donna Meagle on Parks and Rec. Like many women of color, Retta is frustrated by the limited number of roles available to her in Hollywood, but she continues to act on sketch shows like Kroll Show and Key and Peele.

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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal

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"I would love for people to know that the label 'feminist' is something that everyone should wear proudly, because it just means that you support women."

Most recently, Kristen Schaal has starred in the critically acclaimed TV show The Last Man on Earth, but she also voices Louise Belcher on Bob's Burgers and served as the senior women's issues correspondent on The Daily Show. So, of course, she would be frustrated with the misrepresentation of feminism. Wear it proudly, ladies. Wear it proudly.

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Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson

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"I stay fat because it just wouldn't be fair to all the thin people if I were this good-looking, intelligent, funny, and thin. It's a public service really."

Pitch Perfect (and soon Pitch Perfect 2) break-out star Rebel Wilson is loud, proud, and completely hilarious. Her commitment to unabashedly being herself is truly inspirational. She's the poster child for healthy self-love.

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Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham

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"There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman. As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty, our opinions aren't needed, that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter. That personal writing by women is no more than an exercise in vanity and that we should appreciate this new world for women, sit down, and shut up."

Girls writer, director, producer, and star Lena Dunham is always telling her story. Whether it's on Girls or in her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tellls You What She's "Learned", she is not afraid to express herself because she knows it's important. So, go ahead and share your opinion, talk about yourself, and be proud of what you've accomplished. Lena sure does—and is.

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Sarah Silverman

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"The worst thing that can happen for people who don't want women to be strong is that we help each other and become a force."

On the stand-up stage and on-screen, Sarah Silverman has been a force for women in comedy. While she is not without her controversies, Sarah is still fighting the good fight for environmental responsibility, reproductive rights, and, notably, equal pay for women and minorities.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

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"Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that."

If anyone is the personification of sunshine, it's Ellen DeGeneres, but she hasn't always had it easy. In the '90s, Ellen was blazing the trail for gay men and women in and out of the entertainment business. In 1997, she made history by revealing that she and her on-screen character "Ellen" were both lesbians. And, obviously, things are working out just fine for her.

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