At the Golden Globes, the #WhyWeWearBlack and #TimesUpNow movements dove-tailed to form a 360-degree tribute to female empowerment. From the red-carpet interviews to emotional acceptance speeches, it was a beautiful thing to bear witness to. Below, you’ll find a round-up of the most powerful quotes from the night and, we assure you, they will inspire you for eons to come.
“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts.” – speaking to an E! host
“Margaret Atwood, this is for you and all of the women who came before you and after you who were brave enough to speak out against intolerance and injustice and to fight for equality and freedom in this world. We no longer live in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. We no longer live in the gaps between the stories. We are the story in print, and we are writing the story ourselves.”
“Many of us were taught not to tattle. It was a culture of silencing and that was normalized. I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice. May we also please protect and employ them. May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new north star.”
“My mama was an advocate for the women’s movement when I was growing up. And because of her, I’m standing here. My achievements are her achievements. Antonia Kidman, my sister, and I say thank you, Janelle Kidman, for what you fought for so hard. This character that I played represents something that is the center of our conversation right now: abuse. I do believe, and I hope, that we can elicit change through the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Let’s keep the conversation alive.”
“This is a women-led campaign, but the fund is for everyone who feels marginalized.”
“We’re used to being the only women in the workplace… Our voices are so much stronger when we work together.”
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! 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.”