The annual Golden Globes honours the best in film and American television but this year's 75th Golden Globes was a little different. A memo was sent out encouraging people to wear Black and show respect for victims of sexual harassment as part of the Time’s Up movement. The support was overwhelming with the inspirational and empowering speeches some of the winners gave. Check out our most loved speeches from the night:
1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah gave an empowering speech to women and victims of harassment and assault, encouraging them to keep hoping for greatness. One key quotes to keep in everyone’s minds was: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” and “I want all the girls watching to know a NEW DAY is on the horizon.” Giving them hope that they won’t one day have to say, ‘me too’ to those moments where women weren’t heard or believed over men.
2. Reese Witherspoon
Reese was emotional as most other empowered women of the night. She introduced Oprah after giving an encouraging speech; “I want to thank everyone who broke their silence this year and spoke up about abuse and harassment. You are so brave and hopefully, shows like this, more will be made, so people out there who are feeling silenced by harassment, discrimination, abuse… time is up. We see you. We hear you. And we will tell your stories.” There’s no doubt in our minds that this will give those people experienced or experiencing sexual harassment will want to speak up and receive the support they need to recover from the tragedy.
3. Debra Messing
Debra made a strong statement on the red carpet to E! defending those working women at E! and showing her disgust; “we want diversity, we want intersectional gender parity, we want equal pay. I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.” This is only one company that doesn’t believe in equal pay but with this statement directly at the source showed the strength and empowerment women have to all other companies that don’t.
4. Elizabeth Moss
Elizabeth poetically expressed how women have always been perceived and how now we are equal to men; “We no longer live in the blank white spaces in the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print and we are the story ourselves.” Women shouldn’t ever be a lesser gender and giving such an emotional speech as she did expresses that and gave women the strength they deserve.
5. Viola Davis
Viola gave the statement; “There's no prerequisite for worthiness. You are born being worthy.” Showing people that being worthy isn’t something that is earnt is it something we are all born with. We should all believe we are worthy, be empowered and empowering towards other, grow together and you will grow.
We feel so empowered by all the speeches at the Golden Globes; this influential night will go down in Women’s History as one of the defining first steps in the Age of the Woman.