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The Year In Badass Women

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    This year, we heard the word "badass" a lot more. Except it wasn't used to describe things like purses, dresses, or Kanye. It was used to describe women in all their boss bitch glory.

    It's not that we've never had a woman like this before. You have your perennial badasses. These are women who don’t need to do much outside of living and breathing to show us they are fierce. Beyoncé. Jennifer Lawrence. Selena Gomez. Meryl Streep. But this year brought us a fresh collection of women who ran the game without even trying.

    They aren’t all newly famous. But in 2015, they certainly held our attention in new and different ways. We saw women doing incredible things — or not doing a damn thing if they didn’t feel like it. It was inspirational. We’re into it. So today, we honor them.

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    Missy Elliott
    After nearly a decade of hiding out and being cool without us, Missy Elliott returned in a full blaze of glory. In February, she surprised everyone at the Super Bowl. Some might say she even upstaged Katy Perry, the event’s supposed main attraction. (You, too, Left Shark.) Then, in November, she dropped a new video for her single “WTF (Where They From)," featuring Pharrell. THERE WERE HOVERBOARDS, YOU GUYS. It’s one thing for Beyoncé to drop an album in the middle of the night. It’s an entirely different thing for Missy to drop a video after 10 years.

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    J.K. Rowling
    In 2015, J.K. Rowling proved that Twitter might just have been invented for her personal use. She spent the year engaging with fans, sharing Harry Potter fan theories, and using her Twitter for good. We especially enjoyed it when she shut down a fan question about Dumbledore’s sexuality, reacted to a nearly nude Neville Longbottom, and apologized for killing Fred Weasley. If that’s not enough for you, check out these other times she was a total badass.

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    Rihanna
    When will Ri drop her new album? Whenever she feels like it, apparently. But to keep us satiated for a while, she did deliver unto us the “BBHMM” single and video. Oh man, that video was insane. And to remind us that she’s forever a lone wolf, she also said she wasn’t really interested in being in Taylor Swift’s squad.

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    Ronda Rousey
    She finally met her match against Holly Holm, but still won in every other aspect of her life. She openly discusses body image, making her a role model for young girls who may be feeling insecure about themselves. She gave us the incredible story of how she used to street-fight bros for Frappucinos. Oh, and Beyoncé played part of Rousey’s speech before her performance at the Made in America festival. That’s one hell of a year.

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    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones & Kate McKinnon
    There isn’t a word to describe the feeling we had when we first saw these four women in their Ghostbusters costumes. It’s just so freaking cool. Look at all the girl power they’re inspiring! Still, the cast faced major backlash from bros who felt like the Ghostbusters original was too holy to reboot and that women ought not to bust the ghosts at all. Well, the cast has been handling that by continuing to live their lives and comment on how lame all that backlash is. Plus, they visited some kids in a hospital in full costume, just in case there was any confusion about how serious they are about not backing down from this bullshit.