The spirit of democracy is under attack all over the world. In such situations, the actions (or words, rather) of those at a higher social pedestal than the rest of the public become extremely important. The ideas that they align themselves with, the people that they side with, have a chance of getting the support of the larger masses. Keeping the same in mind, Michelle Williams gave a historical speech while accepting her award.
“My choices might look different than yours, but thank God, or whomever you pray to, that we live in a country that was founded on the principles that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours.”
WHEN DID MICHELLE WILLIAMS GIVE THIS SPEECH?
At the 2020 Global Globes, Williams won the award for the Best Actress in a Limited Series for Fosse/Verdon, and used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to speak up about women’s right to choose.
“To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children.”
WHY IS THIS SPEECH IMPORTANT?
For a long time now, women’s right to choose what happens with their bodies, or doesn’t, has been under constant attack from pro-life activists. In the US, the Roe v. Wade case legalizes abortion and gives the mother the right to terminate the pregnancy. However, there have been multiple appeals in the SCOTUS to overturn this verdict.
There have been various attempts by governors of states like Georgia and Alabama to pass laws that prohibit abortion, even in cases of rape.
Not just in the US, the fight to give women the right to choose has been a global fight. Ireland and Argentina, too, have been fighting to legalize abortions, but have failed.
HOW DOES MICHELLE’S SPEECH HELP?
Michelle’s speech doesn’t ask the state to give women the right to choose. It tells women how to get the right to choose. A major factor that led to the parliaments or congressional houses of Ireland and Argentina rejecting the pro-choice bill was a large majority of men. Williams’s speech tells women to take decisions into their own hands.
“Women, 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It is what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them. But don’t forget, we are the largest voting body in this country, let’s make it look more like us.”
IS THIS MICHELLE WILLIAMS’ FIRST TIME POLITICISING HER SPEECH?
This year’s Golden Globes are not the first time Michelle used her acceptance speech to bring attention to an important issue. At the 2019 Emmys, while accepting the award for Best Actress in a Limited Series for Fosse/Verdon, she used her speech to talk about the gender pay gap, and how race has an impact on the same.
“The next time a woman — and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterparts — tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her, Because one day, she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”