What I would like to say to all women here today is this: Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men have to say about them. They believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they’re men — because they’re worthy. As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to be inspired by, to collaborate with, to support, to be enlightened by.
It’s not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and really say thank you – as a woman, as an artist, as a human. Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way – so many of you are sitting in front of me right now. You have no idea…you have no idea how much your support means.
But to the doubters, the naysayers, to everyone who gave me hell and said: I could not, that I would not, that I must not — your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today; made me the woman that I am today.
So thank you.