Over the past few years, we have seen women do extraordinary things and be recognized for those accomplishments. Malala did not allow a terrorist attack to take away her voice. Women across the country began to lean in and fight for the things they want.

College students have called out rape culture that affects their college experiences. Women dominate the world of TV and tech. Women are powerhouses. Here are some lessons I have learned from powerful women.

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Be kind ~ Mindy Kaling.

I think as a woman who is just starting out or trying to move up the corporate ladder, it may be easy to think that we have to be cutthroat to get what we want. But I have so often found that when I am kind, I get more done.

Sarah Jessica Parker has similar advice when she says always be nice. Both of these women made it in Hollywood. If they can make it in Hollywood with kindness, I think we can make it in our cities as well.

P.S. You can pre-order Mindy’s new book Why Not Me? right here.

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Disconnect ~ Ariana Huffington.

If you haven’t read Thrive, add it to the top of your to do list. Ariana talks about the fact that we are all way to connected to our phones. And I am guilty of this too.

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Being so connected makes us anxious about what is happening outside of where we are, and it distracts us from the present. Social media can make us feel inferior and lonely. Disconnecting will allow us to not only be present and focused on what we are doing, but it will free us up from the expectations of others.

Sleep ~ Ariana Huffington.

This also came from Thrive. There is an abundance of research that says when you are low on sleep, you are not able to function at 100 percent. Additionally, it can make you gain weight. Sleeping 6-7 hours a night not only makes you feel refreshed, but it allows your brain to operate fully during the day so that you can work smarter and not harder.

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Pick a good husband, wife or life partner ~ Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl takes about this in Lean In (and Dr. Meg Jay talks about choosing your family in the Defining Decade). Sheryl says that one of the most important business decisions you will make is who you decide to marry.

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Your spouse can help open doors for you, or shut down opportunities. Make sure you choose someone who supports the lifestyle that you choose and will not hinder you from reaching your full potential.

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Work hard ~ Oprah.

Some of the most successful people I know are people that work really hard. They don’t cut corners or try to delegate everything to someone else. They get their hands dirty and get the work done. Oprah, Tory Burch, Sheryl Sandberg. All of these people worked hard to get where they are today. Working hard will get you noticed at work in a very good way.

Women will continue to do astonishing things in this world. With the rise of the feminist movement, we will have the opportunity to know what these women are doing which gives us an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and triumphs. Keep watching these women, you will learn a lot.

Which women have you learned the most from?