It's been 15 years since Reese Witherspoon introduced us to the character Elle Woods and Legally Blonde.
The movie — as well as her chihuahua Bruiser (who sadly died in May) — struck a chord with many as it showcased how a woman could accomplish what any man could in the legal field. (Woods actually went farther beyond the sometimes-objectifying men in the film.)
During a time when the topics of sexism and feminism were not as frequently discussed as they are today, Woods was there to take a stand.
The quotes still resonate with people today who use them as motivation.
For the 15th anniversary, Woods spoke to Instagram about the iconic role and how it helped reshape how women thought about a career as a lawyer — as well as a refresher course on "The Bend and Snap."
In the interview, Witherspoon said the film "was about female empowerment," and wasn't "necessarily about the girl getting the guy."
It certainly wasn't, and even young fans today are grasping onto that concept. One of her friends sent her a video of her 7-year-old son, who said, "I liked that Elle was the woman that she wanted to become and she didn't need a man to do it."
The refreshing concept of the film encouraged many women to follow their dreams to go to law school and find confidence within themselves. Witherspoon said, "People send me essays their daughters have written to get into school or camp where they've said Elle Woods was their hero." She added, "I have had so many women say, 'I went to law school because of Legally Blonde."
Other than encouraging women to go to school, it also embraced the concept of being feminine and smart at the same time — a concept that was shocking at the time the movie was released in 2001.
She said, "I think it was a pivotal moment in feminism only because it was like, 'Oh wait, you don't have to be learned and boring.' You can embrace your femininity, you can love to get your hair and nails done, you can love fashion, but also be incredibly intelligent ... Now it seems crazy to think that people thought that. It was kind of a lightning rod moment."