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Oprah Dropped the Mic on Workplace Harassment in Her Golden Globe Speech

Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards
Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Photo


Women in Hollywood continue to use their platforms to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Last week, we wrote about the Time’s Up movement with hundreds of women in entertainment banding together to support women from other industries who experience sexual misconduct on the job.

Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Sunday is another example of a powerful woman lending her voice to the fight.

“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,” Oprah said, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. “But it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”

Oprah’s Golden Globes speech recognized the countless unnamed women who’ve endured abuse on the job because they “had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”

She said the time is up for the men who abuse their power at the mercy of those women and she’s looking forward to the new day on the horizon “when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”

Oprah’s Golden Globes speech encouraged women to speak out against the injustices they face in their lives.

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” she said.

I hope the millions who watched, Tweeted and shared Oprah’s speech truly embrace that message.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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