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Glamour's Women of the Year share inspiration and wisdom

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Be an inspirational woman in 2015!

Guided by the pink lights of the Empire State Building in honor of NYC's first official Women of the Year Day, women and girls from several generations filled Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, to celebrate Glamour's 25th Annual Women of the Year honorees.

2015's Women of the Year included Misty Copeland, Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon, the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, Cecile Richards, The Women of Charleston and Elizabeth Holmes.

Videos by female filmmakers introduced each award winner, who were celebrated with introductions by celebrities, live performances by Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding, a call-in from Ellen DeGeneres (who rubbed a Glamour magazine on herself for optimum perfumery) and advice from former Women of the Year.

If you missed the ceremonies, catch up with some of the most inspiring quotes of the evening.

Caitlyn Jenner on living life as her true self...

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"For years and years I never felt like I fit in anywhere. I always felt as an outsider. I never felt good in the male side, and I wasn't obviously in the female side. I was kind of stuck in the middle. But all of a sudden after making this decision and coming out, it was by far the best thing I ever did. Because for so many years I lost my enthusiasm for life, literally staying in my house for almost six years. Because I never really wanted to come out, just to go work, that was about it. Now, actually, I like going out, and I like being myself. And in doing that, it's been amazing the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it's so difficult."

Madeleine Albright on change...

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"A lot of ceilings have been broken -- but more have to be broken. I talk for a living, and the most famous thing I ever said was that there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other -- but because all the women here are going to help you, we are all going to the other place."

Reese Witherspoon on ambition...

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"Now, in my life I have always found more comfort in being the underdog. Whether people thought I couldn't do something or they said it was impossible, I always rose to the challenge. I enjoyed reaching for the impossible ... Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated."

Women of Charleston on forgiveness...

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"Hate won't win."

Misty Copeland on mentorship...

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"I wouldn't be here without all the incredible strong women whose shoulders I've stood on ... Ballet is one of a kind in that the woman is essential -- without the prima there is no ballet. And without my mentors there is no Misty."

Carli Lloyd on goals...

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"There are a lot of people who tell you you can't do something. It's so important to have a goal, to have a dream in mind, to work towards that dream every single day. You have to work hard. It's not going to be given to you. Dreams do come true when you put in the effort."

Serena Williams on success...

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"The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble."

Victoria Beckham on empowerment...

“I love what I do and I feel
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“I love what I do and I feel blessed to be given the chance to pursue and fulfill my career ambitions. It started with the Spice Girls and girl power and now I’m channeling that same message to women ... I want to support, empower and really make women feel like the best version of themselves."


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