Shonda Rhimes Gives Powerful Speech at Global Women’s Rights Awards
Shonda Rhimes once again used her meticulous and immaculate words to get a helluva point across. This time, the focus was on women’s rights. Read on, Grey’s Anatomy fans.
Shonda and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan were the guests of honor at the 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards on May 18 in West Hollywood, California. The Feminist Majority Foundation wanted to recognize both women for “changing the face of media,” as Varietyreports.
During her acceptance speech, Shonda related an anecdote about her assistant once telling her that she wanted to be a man for a day just to “have all all of that.”
“My assistant wants to walk through the world just for a day without some guy hitting on her when she runs to Starbucks to get me coffee,” Shonda explained. “She wants to not be called ‘cute’ by the security guard. She wants to not be told that she should be a model. She wants to not see the look of surprise on someone’s face when she tells them where she went to college. She wants her boobs to no longer be a topic of conversation. She wants to no longer make 70 cents on the dollar. She wants to not have old men legislate her vagina’s rights. She wants to not know that a glass ceiling ever existed. She wants to not believe that having a baby would end her career. She wants everything in the world to be made for her, be about her and speak mostly to her. Because that’s how it is for men.”
The TV powerhouse then drove the point home with a simple assertion: “I just want those words ‘all of that’ to apply to all of us.”
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Shonda Rhimes for President. You may not like her for killing off McDreamy, but you have to like her brain.