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Olivia Harvey
January 08, 2018 12:39 pm

As hoped and expected, women in Hollywood commandeered the 2018 Golden Globes. Winning actresses gave inspiring and supportive “women power” speeches. Women and men acted in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual abuse by wearing black. Many donned pins to support the newly formed “Time’s Up” campaign, which aims to raise awareness for the women affected by sexual misconduct and abuse. Women’s empowerment was radiating throughout the Globes, and we feel change is on the horizon.

Alongside symbolic dress and speeches, several actresses invited activists from different fields to join them at the ceremony. Meryl Streep brought Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations. Streep and Poo aimed to bring awareness to the power imbalance that causes abuse not only in Hollywood but in domestic industries as well.

Michelle Williams invited women’s rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke. Burke noted that she never expected her movement to grow as much as it has. Two different worlds have come together to support each other and Burke said she is incredibly humbled.

Once celebs entered the ceremony, the female empowerment only grew stronger. Here are 6 of the most inspiring speeches that came from winning women at the 2018 Golden Globes.

1Oprah Winfrey — Cecil B. DeMille Award

In what was arguably the most empowering speech of the night (you can read 9 of Oprah’s most inspiring points here), Oprah recognized the weight of being the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She shared her respect for the press. And she expressed gratitude to the women who have stepped up to speak their truths.

2Rachel Brosnahan — Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy

3Frances McDormand — Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

4Elisabeth Moss — Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama

“We were the people who were not in the papers,” Moss quoted from Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. “We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

5Nicole Kidman — Best Actress in a Limited Series

Kidman stated that she and her female costars of Big Little Lies pledged allegiance and commitment to each other. “This is ours to share,” Kidman said. “Wow, the power of women.”

6Laura Dern — Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern’s character in Big Little Lies is the mother of a girl who is too afraid to speak up when she’s being bullied and abused at school. Dern said in her speech,

Let’s keep supporting each other and fighting for the much-needed change in Hollywood and in other industries around the world.

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