At Glamour’s 25th annual Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York on Monday, six individuals plus two groups of women who shaped the year were honored for their achievements. “These women have made life better for all of us,” said Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, while she also noting that it’s not “perfect” for women, mentioning gender disparity in Congress and Hollywood. She added: “But, ‘The world only spins forward,’ to quote the playwright Tony Kushner, and the women we honor tonight are helping it along.”
Reese Witherspoon was honored as a Hollywood Hero, in part for co-founding the production company Pacific Standard, which aims to bring female-driven stories to the big screen — and is doing an impressive job at it, with box office hits such as Gone Girl and Wild. In her acceptance speech, Witherspoon mentioned how much she hated the words “What do we do now?” saying: “I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because, inevitably, the girl turns to the guy and says, ‘What do we do now?’” “I’m serious,” the Oscar-winning actress continued. “Go back and watch any movie, you will see this line over and over.”
Other notable honorees included Caitlyn Jenner, who took home the Transgender Champion award and quoted Simone de Beauvoir in her speech: “‘You are not born a woman, you become one.’ Those are words I live by.”
Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, who accepted The Health Advocate award and touched on the political fight surrounding her organization, said: “It’s up to us to make sure that every single girl in this world can control their bodies and their lives and futures.”
Misty Copeland was there to accept the Showstopper Award, thanking the magazine for honoring a black ballerina, and the entire Women’s U.S. national soccer team was honored with the Game Changers award for their world cup victory as well as their fight to address gender inequality in sports.
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