Just a week into 2018 Oprah literally gave me my favorite moment of 2018 and i don’t think it’ll be close (i’ll get back to you on that.)
Oprah’s speech while accepting the Cecil B. de Mille award at the 2018 Golden Globes was a rallying cry met state of the union. It was everything i wanted to hear and more:
We are now just three months into the new year and already have i been inspired by the women taking control of the narrative in the media. So here are my favorite “women moments” as of March 2018:
This would be incomplete without mentioning the Time’s Up movement. I’m gonna have to go back to my girl Oprah on this one because she truly put it into words better than i could ever imagine:
“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 farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, 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.”
Reading that quote gives me goosebumps every. single. time. The stories we don’t know are the most powerful. The greatest facet of the Times Up movement, to me, is that it is giving a voice to the voiceless.
Times Up has brought a reckoning in the media and has held those accountable who have gotten away for so much for so long. However, their time is up.
Next, i’d like to talk about the more than 160 women who came forward with stories of abuse by Larry Nassar. Almost all of those women were allowed to speak in court thanks to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.
The victims statements were televised and each victim addressed Nassar directly, who was sitting just a few feet away from them in the court room. Although slightly controversial, Judge Aquilina allowed every victim who wanted to a chance to speak in court. She gave them their voice back.
“I just signed your death warrant,” she said while sentencing Nassar to essentially life in prison.
The women who spoke were names we had already known. They were olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney. They were gymnasts, college students, athletes, and they were also children.
These two moments of 2018 are huge difference makers. They are moments that change the trajectory of our society. And it was all done by women. Strong women who use their voice for something bigger than themselves.
And thats what i hope 2018 is filled with. Strong, powerful women.