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Our Favorite Girl Power Speeches of the Golden Globes

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards marked exciting leaps forward in the entertainment industry, and some stars made a point to recognize those shifts. Maggie Gyllenhaal's acceptance speech for her role in "The Honorable Woman" was especially poignant. 

"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not.

What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."

Earlier in the night, a beaming Gina Rodriguez accepted the first-ever win for The CW, showing that a leading Latina woman can do a network a whole lot of good. Joanne Froggatt was recognized for her performance in "Downton Abbey," playing a maid who survives rape. Patricia Arquette won for playing a single mom in "Boyhood." 

And when it came to best series, the comedy and drama winners ("Transparent" and "The Affair") were created by women. 

Maggie's right: we're seeing a wealth of roles for women, both onscreen and behind-the-scenes. We've got a long way to go, but this is show business progress we can applaud.

Click through the slideshow above for some of our favorite feminist moments of the Awards.

NEXT: See the 2016 Golden Globe Nominations »

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