Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last night's Golden Globes. The TV mogul spoke about the honor's importance, being the first black woman to receive the lifetime achievement and how it represented a new day for women.
"And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell," she said. "And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace."
Oprah used her speech to touch upon the topics of sexual harassment, assault and inequity for women, represented by the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements.
"So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault, because they — like my mother — had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farmworkers; they are working in factories and they work in restaurants, and they’re in academia and engineering and medicine and science; they’re part of the world of tech and politics and business; they’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military," she said.
Oprah also spoke about Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by six white men in 1944 and never got justice.
"She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. And for too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up," she said.
She closed with a message of hope: "And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again. Thank you.”
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