Michelle Williams Urged Women To Vote In Their Best Interest at the 2020 Golden Globes

Supermajority Education Fund

January 6, 2020

Michelle Williams used her acceptance speech for winning the award for best actress in a limited series at the Golden Globes last night to uplift the importance of reproductive rights.

Williams began her speech by focusing on choice. “When you put this [Golden Globe] in someone’s hands, you’re acknowledging the choices they make as an actor,” she said. “But you’re also acknowledging the choices they make as a person.”

Williams went on to express her gratitude for having lived “in a moment in our society where choice exists, because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.”

The actress then shifted her focus to her reproductive choices more specifically. 

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives, as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children. Now I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God or whoever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principles that I am free to live by my faith, and you are free to live by yours.” 

She concluded with a call for women of all ages not only to vote when it comes time but also to “please do so in your self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years, which is why the world looks so much like them, but don’t forget we are the largest voting body in this country. Let’s make it look more like us.”

As powerful as Williams’ speech was, though, the awards ceremony at which it was given did little to acknowledge women’s power or achievements. While Awkwafina made history by becoming the first Asian-American woman to win a Golden Globe Award for best actress for her role in “The Farewell,” other women, especially women directors, were snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this year. Notably, Ava Duvernay wasn’t nominated for her direction of the series “When They See Us,” Netflix’s most-watched series ever; Greta Gerwig wasn’t nominated for her critically acclaimed adaptation of “Little Women”; and Lulu Wang failed to receive nominations for writing and directing the movie that earned Awkwafina her award. 

These snubs are hardly anomalies: In its 75-year history, women have been nominated for best director at the Globes only seven times, according to the Los Angeles Times. But no women were nominated this year even though more women-directed top-grossing movies in 2019 than in any year before.