1. Viola Davis: First African American to Win Best Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, famous for the strong women she’s played in movies like The Help and Doubt, finally received the recognition she deserves– an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series– for her critically-acclaimed role as Annalise Keating in the hit ABC Drama How to Get Away With Murder. The kicker? She’s the first African American woman ever to do so. Lead roles for women, let alone African American women over the age of 40, are near impossible to come by. This award served as a testament for all those facing adversity. Stay strong like Viola– for one day soon, your opportunity will come.

 

Watch part of her beautiful acceptance speech here: