The most captivating female stars of 2015

Girl power has never been so easy to celebrate thanks to this talented and easy-to-love celebrity roster! They’re not just making waves onstage or onscreen. These women of substance are taking their passions to the next level, whether helping others, showing their business savvy or raising children.

Reese Witherspoon has once again proven herself to be a bona fide star with her heavily nominated turn in Wild, shedding the glamour of the red carpet and romantic comedies for a grittier turn as a solo hiker walking the Pacific Coast Trail - an opportunity that came because Reese decided to launch her own production company to find better parts for women.

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Mom-to-be Coco Rocha also captivated our attention this year, as the multi-talented model continued to push the boundaries of her career, one that's grown thanks to Coco's then-precocious use of social media and interest in new endeavours - like publishing a book of 1,000 poses, Study of Pose, and advocating for model rights.

No longer considered an actress "across the pond," Michelle Dockery captured international attention thanks to her turn as Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, one that may come to an end if the in-production sixth season is the series' final.

See who else made our list of captivating, crusading, business-savvy, nurturing female stars!

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