5 Reasons We Love Shonda Rhimes

"I'm going to be totally honest with you. I completely deserve this," Shonda Rhimes said Saturday night during her acceptance speech at the Producers Guild Awards.

Rhimes, the creative powerhouse behind "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," and author of 2015's "Year of Yes," has long been an advocate for creating opportunities for actors of color.

"I have, against the odds, courageously pioneered the art of writing for people of color as if they were human beings," Rhimes said in her acceptance speech. "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."

 To celebrate all her achievements, we've rounded up a few of the many reasons we just can't get enough of Shonda Rhimes.

1. She champions for accurate portrayals of women in the media
"Most of the women I saw on TV didn't seem like people I actually knew. They felt like ideas of what women are." 

2. Her philosophy on storytelling is awe-inspiring
"The best stories are often true … The narrative of human life is most beautiful when told truthfully and without boundaries."

3. She's the epitome of a hard worker 
"Dreams are lovely. 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."

4. There's more to her than just gender and race 
"I'm a black woman every day, and I’m not confused about that. I'm not worried about that. I don't need to have a discussion with you about how I feel as a black woman, because I don't feel disempowered as a black woman."

5. She leads by example 
"I want my daughters to see me and know me as a woman who works. I want that example set for them. I am a better mother for it. The woman I am because I get to run Shondaland, because I get to write all day, because I get to spend my days making things up, that woman is a better person  –  and a better mother. Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled. That woman is whole."

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