75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room, Beverly Hills, USA - 07 Jan 2018

The Golden Globes have just passed us, and to anyone who was able to see the highlights, you will understand why this year was probably the most important year thus far.

2017 was a year of change. The flood gates were opened and out poured what seems like an ongoing downpour of accusations from women on the abuse and harassment that they have faced throughout their careers at the hands of men. 2017 was the year for ‘#MeToo’ – to let women across the world know that they could speak their truth and they would be heard. For many women, it seemed to be having a power hungry men dominating the working hierarchy, meaning it was difficult to speak out openly without unfair repercussions.

My blog seems to have a re-occurring pattern. I speak often about powerful women and the personal, negative experiences that I myself have unfortunately found myself in due to the stereotypes of men and women’s roles in society. I even considered refraining from writing on the subject matter somewhat as I was told it might appear as though “I hate men”. Can’t help but laugh at that! I honestly don’t. Honestly! But with the injustices that women are still facing today in the working world, who else besides strong women will be the ones to speak their truths, honestly and openly… which brings me here today.

Oprah is now the first black woman to have received a Cecil B. de Mille Award. And with such grace did she accept that award.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

What can we take from this? Well, firstly, listen to the speech. I mean really listen to it. Man or Woman – you should be able to take something away from what was said. Regardless if your have been lucky enough to have not found yourself having to say “MeToo”, you should be inspired and indignant for the numerous women who have come forward, as well as the countless women who haven’t. Man or woman, you should want to be apart of that change. The world is full of strong characters; full of strong women who should continue to stay strong, and who should have more belief in themselves in order to understand that our time is NOW more then ever to fight back. It is NOW that we should want to see other women doing incredibly well and encouraging them to push the boundaries that we have been boxed in to. Us women are not defined by how we may have been mistreated, when we are capable of achieving the upmost in life.
“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.”

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