I am sure that all of you have heard of Oprah Winfrey. You might know that her show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, was the highest rated television show of its kind or that she is the richest African-American in the world, but what you might not realize is that she wasn’t always so fortunate. In fact, Oprah endured a difficult childhood. Oprah suffered the impact of her parent’s divorce from an early age, was sexually abused, and went as far as to seriously consider taking her own life. Oprah overcame these obstacles to achieve greatness. This past week, she became the first African American woman to be awarded the Cecil B. de Mille lifetime achievement award. For anyone who might have missed it, Oprah delivered an awe-inspiring, girl-power-filled acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards. Here are a few key messages that resonated with me.
“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.” We are fortunate to live in a world where women are empowered to speak out. Women’s voices are being heard all over the world and yours is no exception!
It’s Time for a Change!
“For too long women have not been heard or believed [when speaking their truth], but that time is up. The time is up!” In 2017, countless influential women joined the ‘Me Too’ movement, empowering others to speak up. This is one of many steps that women made this past year and I cannot wait to see what women will accomplish in 2018. The time for change is now!
There is Hope!
“[We need to] maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. I want all the girls watching here and now [to know] that a new day is on the horizon.” You are those girls! And I truly believe that there is no better time to be a girl than now. As Oprah said, a new day is on the horizon. So, let’s all come together and be a part of the change.
We Need Leaders!
“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women 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.” One of my favorite parts of LiveGirl is the leadership training. Each and every one of you is equipped with the skills to be the leaders of tomorrow and there is no reason that you can’t be a part of this change. Just look at how far Oprah has come.