A journalist wrote a 15,000-word essay on "Legally Blonde." "What, like it’s hard?"

In one of her most infamous roles, Reese Witherspoon played California sorority girl turned Harvard Law student, Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde." The 2001 movie inspired girls and women around the country to never give up on their dreams, no matter how many people doubted you.

The movie also had the underlying theme of not judging a book by its cover, as many people were quick to dismiss Elle simply because she was a blonde who loved to wear pink and carry around a chihuahua in a designer bag. As even Elle's boyfriend even says "I want a Jackie, not a Marilyn."

Since then, Witherspoon has continued to not only play strong women roles but also in real life helped forge the Times Up women empowerment movement. [VIDEO]A move that Elle Woods would surely stand behind.

Recently, Witherspoon got reminded just how special Elle Woods remains to be

During a press tour in London for her latest role in “A Wrinkle in Time,” someone gave Witherspoon a very memorable gift. Witherspoon, along with co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling were being interviewed by journalist Lucy Jayne Ford, and according to E! News, the interviewer could not help but tell Witherspoon, "I actually wrote 15,000 words on you once. I wrote my university dissertation on 'Legally Blonde' and strong female characters."

Witherspoon was both visibly shocked and excited at the news as she was handed the dissertation right then and there. Ford chronicled the entire thing in a video on her Twitter page, including the actresses’ in awe reaction. The video already has over half a million views.

Ford told BBC News, that the essay was "basically a 15,000-word love letter to 'Legally Blonde.'”

Ford continued to say, "I honestly thought that I would be the only one who would care, but watching back her reaction and seeing the attention from elsewhere has been incredibly touching." Witherspoon is clearly very moved by the entire interaction.

Clearly 'Legally Blonde' is a movie that stood the test of time

Witherspoon then went on to ask perhaps the most important question of all - "Is it scented?" She was obviously referring to Elle Wood’s classic pink scented resume. And of course, since Ford was such a big fan of the movie, it was!

Ford revealed to the BBC that on the day of the topic decision deadline she still did not have a topic chosen for her dissertation but she was watching "Legally Blonde" and it came to her. That is what she would write on. She said, "It's about how strong or clever women were often portrayed as masculine - but how Elle Woods dispels those ideas."

Nearly 20 years after the movie was made, the messages and characters in the movie are still not only inspiring people today but femininity and the negative portrayal of strong women are still such relevant topics of discussion. So just as women keep continuing to shatter glass ceilings, Elle Woods continues to remain a pop culture phenomenon.