I know there has been much talk lately about Oprah Winfrey running for President of The United States after her very eloquent speech given at The Golden Globes Award Show. This post isn’t about that (yet, I would find it inspirational if Oprah did run, because she’d win!) Instead, this post is about the subtle, yet powerful change that is going on in America right now concerning women. Have you noticed it? I think almost all women, me included, have had enough. I have my own despicable #MeToo story to share, but not at this time.
When I watched and listened to Oprah’s speech (a video of it is below this post, please watch it) I looked at all the women in the audience. When Oprah started speaking about the hardworking women in America, who labor to earn money, feed their families and yet still suffer with discrimination, sexual harassment, physical abuse and unequal pay, a strange thing happened to me. I didn’t see the women as young or old, rich or poor, celebrity or working class, black or white, Latino or whatever other label the masses use to separate us, I just saw women, ALL women, united, under one cause. We women want fairer treatment, a better life for ourselves and our families and as Aretha Franklin put it: R.E.S.P.E.C.T!
“So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.”
If Oprah would run on just that one cause, she’d win in a landslide. But Oprah has declined. Already the knives were out slicing the diva to death. And that’s the despicable part of life here in America. They tear you down after they raised you up. Throughout Oprah’s whole career, she has been honest, soulful and true. She has spent her entire lifetime trying to make the lives of others, a little bit easier. A bit more understandable. Oprah cares truly about women.
If Oprah ever did become a politician it wouldn’t mimic the corruptness of Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Elizabeth Warren (who already back-stabbed Oprah by calling her “another un-needed celebrity billionaire president“) Those political women are the quickly-fading past. Oprah Winfrey would be the “new” future of American politics .
Hopefully, there is a woman out there, Oprah-like, who will emerge onto the political scene. I think 2018 just may be the Year Of The American Woman. We won’t see race, religion or color. We’ll just see a woman who is smart enough, brave enough to finally give the rest of us women a clear and present voice.
So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! 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.”
I believe our time has come.