Speech of Shonda Rhimes: Living with vagina is not a hindrance. ..It is a gift.
- IWB Post
- May 22, 2015
Speeches of strong and successful women are something JWB Team look forward fervently. This time words of Shonda Rhimes have made our ears glued to speakers.
Rhimes delivered a powerful speech about feminism at the 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards where she received award by the Feminist Majority Foundation.
She also told a story about a time when her assistant told her that she wanted to experience life as a man for a day, reported Variety. Rhimes said her assistant wanted to know what it would be like “to have all of that,” and then the showrunner proceeded to break down exactly what “all of that” actually means.
And with these words we’ve gone breathless:
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. 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.
However, she would not be the Shonda Rhimes, if she encouraged women to cheat on its own femininity with dreams over men’s world. So, she concluded:
That’s we call a Power Speech!