Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes Speech Was Just As Powerful As Everyone Expected

"I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon."

The Time's Up movement to fight sexual harassment dominated the Golden Globes on Sunday night, as guests wore black to support to cause, and women spoke out about the issue in red carpet interviews and acceptance speeches. That included Oprah Winfrey, who received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her career in entertainment.

Winfrey's speech, as many expected from the legendary talk show host, was empowering and inspiring, and led to an emotional reaction from both the in-person audience and those watching from home.

Winfrey recalled how much it meant to her to watch Sidney Poitier become the first Black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. Later, Poitier himself won the Cecil B. DeMille Award. "It is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award," she said, to applause from the audience.

She went on to share her support for the press at a difficult time, adding, "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories."

Winfrey made sure to highlight that the issue of sexual harassment and assault is not limited to the entertainment industry, praising "all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault, because they, like my mother, had children to feed, bills to pay, and dreams to pursue." She shared the story of Recy Taylor, a Black woman whose rape case was investigated by Rosa Parks, and who passed away just last month.

"I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon," Winfrey shared to close her speech. "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."

Winfrey's speech brought the audience to its feet and even had some on Twitter calling on her to run for president. Whether that happens or not, her words summed up the feeling of the night and inspired plenty of people to continue fighting for a better future.

Watch the full speech for yourself in the video below:


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