Model Cameron Russell, legal professional and professor Anita Hill, gymnast Aly Raisman and police officer Anna Cardenas took the stage collectively at King’s Theater in Brooklyn throughout Glamour’s annual Women of the Year award ceremony on Monday evening to talk out towards sexual harassment.
“For too long, sexual harassment has been a norm in our profession. If we complain, the response is: ‘Well, that’s part of the job.’ But our jobs should not be to be abused,” Russell mentioned.
“This is not a fashion or Hollywood problem. This is a power problem that exists in every profession,” she continued. “After listening to all these tales, it could be simple to imagine the one sort of energy is a boss within the backroom. But his energy isn’t the type that may heal or love or make the world extra simply or free. Power seems just like the hundreds of people who, impressed by each other’s bravery, are coming ahead with their tales.”
“Most people know me as a gymnast, but I am also a survivor,” mentioned Raisman, who got here out final week to share her story of abuse by the hands of former USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. “Even in case you are not a survivor of any type of abuse, it’s nonetheless essential to point out concern and compassion. We are all on this collectively. Sharing our tales could make it simpler to speak about such an uncomfortable topic, which makes it tougher for monsters to take benefit.”
The viewers, upon Raisman’s urging, rose in a present of solidarity.
The ladies, who had been launched by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, had been a part of the ceremony that celebrated a 12 months that started with the Women’s March and appears poised to finish with ladies persevering with to talk out towards abuses by the hands of highly effective males.
“When we stood with our bosses in the investigative unit at the Times and pushed the ‘publish’ button, we had no idea what would happen. The women who spoke to us feared retaliation,” Twohey instructed the viewers. “Instead, every day of the final six weeks has introduced new tales as ladies have come ahead with accusations towards abusers in each area.”
Reflecting the present temper of the nation, and of writer Condé Nast, the tone of the occasion was incessantly political. California congresswoman Maxine Waters, accepting her Women of the Year award, led a chant of “Impeach 45,” which the organizers of the Women’s March, additionally Women of the Year, eagerly echoed.
“Every day, I get more optimistic, because every day, new things are being revealed,” Waters instructed WWD.
“This has been an extraordinary and exhilarating evening. I think what happened tonight was a lot of inspiration,” Waters continued. “The rising willingness of ladies to return ahead and actually speak in a reputable manner is occurring for us now. It has advanced thus far. It is occurring now in such a manner that I feel males received’t be capable to get away with it any extra, as a result of now ladies perceive their energy.”
Other recipients of the award had been comic and TV host Samantha Bee, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, Solange Knowles, actress Nicole Kidman, astronaut Peggy Whitson, Model Gigi Hadid, and Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The night was additionally notable as a result of it was editor in chief Cindi Leive’s final within the position. Leive, who introduced in September that she would step down after 16 years atop Glamour’s masthead, grew to become a shock Woman of the Year herself as chief govt officer Bob Sauerberg and Condé Nast inventive director and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour gave a tribute to the long-serving editor in chief.
“This is a brave moment for women in America. But Cindi has always been brave about speaking out for women,” Wintour mentioned. “Glamour’s more and more highly effective voice is Cindi’s personal. And her departure is a bittersweet second for all of us, though I’ve deep respect for Cindi’s determination to face up for girls in different methods. Whatever group she finally ends up becoming a member of or creating might be as fortunate as we readers of Glamour have been these previous 16 years. Cindi is proof that as a lot as we enjoyment of what we put on, actual energy comes from the best way you progress by the world. “
Video tributes from Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama — each former Glamour Women of the Year — adopted.
“It’s no coincidence that women’s magazines are home to some of the boldest, bravest journalism these days,” Clinton mentioned. “It’s thanks to the vision of leaders like Cindi who are proving every day that style and substance are not mutually exclusive. Now more than ever, I am especially grateful to Cindi for her commitment to truth, facts and rational opinion.”
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards got here on stage to offer an in individual tribute to Leive, who she mentioned “operates under the radical notion that yes, you can care about finding the right pair of boots for fall — and finding the right pair of boots and the march to wear them to.”
“I am a little overwhelmed,” Leive mentioned, accepting her award. “Control freaks hate surprises.”
Although the night started late because of the mass migration of bold-faced names from Manhattan to Brooklyn’s Flatbush, the ceremony was decidedly unabridged. By the time Hadid, whose enthusiastic hug of presenter Serena Williams meant that she accepted her award with patches of darkish basis on her proper cheek, took the stage, the gang had began to skinny.
But regardless of the late hour, lots of the award winners and presenters caught round to hobnob over a dinner of charcuterie and artisanal pizza from Bushwick hotspot Roberta’s.
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