Oprah Winfrey’s 2018 Golden Globe’s Speech,
“So I want all the girls watching here and 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.”
Whenever i say the word “feminist” or “feminism” people get weird. Why? Maybe because they don’t understand it or they believe the stereotype surrounding it. Some people see feminists as people who wish to be better than men. Others see it simply as a protest in the streets but that’s not the way that I see it. To me feminism is hope. It’s a group of woman and men working hard to make a difference and come together on an equal platform.
Here are a few things i have been told after bringing up feminism:
- You can vote, what more do you want?
- Woman get paid the same as men. (False)
- You’re to young to know what your talking about.
- Feminism is for liberals.
- You have equal rights cause you live in America. (lol)
The list could go on and on but i wont bore you with that. The point is, feminism is far beyond just America. Let me hit you with some statistics :
- In Afghanistan alone, 9 out of 10 woman are illiterate. Only 1 in 20 girls make it past the sixth grade for reasons such as being forced into marriage.
- In Pakistan a girl named Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for pursuing an education. Little girls and woman will literally be killed before they have a chance to learn.
Quick fact about Malala Yousafzai, she survived the gun shot wound and ended up winning the Nobel Peace Prize along with 9 other awards in 2013 & 2015. GIRL POWER!
In America, sexual harassment and abuse happens everyday. In 2013, it was reported that only 9% of all rapists get prosecuted. Like this blows my mind. Remember hearing about Brock Turner who only got 6 months in jail after raping a girl? The judge didn’t want to ruin his life but there was no problem when he ruined hers.
In Hollywood female actresses and directors are cut short every day. Yes I know what your thinking, “Oh poor famous people, they have it so rough.” Actually yeah, they do. I’m not saying they aren’t privileged but under no circumstances should sexual abuse or violence be tolerated and it should not matter how much money you make or how famous you are on Instagram. At the Golden Globes this past weekend not a single female was nominated for best director. Which is weird because one of the top grossing films of 2017 (aka. Wonder Woman) was directed by a female, Patty Jenkins. The movie Lady Bird which won best picture at the Golden Globes was directed by Greta Gerwig. Yet no nominations for them.
I personally have so many dreams and goals that i want to reach and pursue in my life. I know there are going to be challenges and it will not be easy but i will not limit myself. I will not settle for anything less than my true potential. I know my worth and the barriers I will have to fight through. Thankfully I have grown up around amazing woman who show me what a true boss is. My mom, my grandma, my friends, and one really amazing teacher!
Just know that TIME IS UP! There are famous woman and men using there platform to promote this movement and it is already making changes. There is also you and I. We don’t need a large audience to make a difference. We only need ourselves. If we believe we can then we will.
Thank you so much for reading and i hope you enjoyed it! 🙂
The links to my other posts are down below ! #TIMESUP
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