Why it Was All About the Ladies at This Year’s Golden Globes

George Clooney gets called a trophy husband, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t hold back on the Bill Cosby allegations, and some inspired female-centered acceptance speeches at Sunday’s Golden Globes made this year’s ceremony truly about the ladies. And what a great start to the year this is—it feels like 2015 is going to be all kinds of wonderful for us girls, not just in the entertainment industry, but in other areas as well! Here are the top feminist moments at this year’s Golden Globes (videos included):

Everything about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue

From ripping Bill Cosby to shreds (just check out how shocked Jessica Chastain is in the front row), to listing Amal Clooney’s achievement in human rights law and wondering why it is George who is getting the lifetime achievement award, to wittingly highlighting the bullshit beauty and age double standards in Hollywood, almost everything this dynamic duo said pushed boundaries—and that’s the way it should be.



Amy Adams wins Best Actress for Big Eyes and uses her acceptance speech to talk about strong female voices

“I have so many wonderful female role models here tonight. It’s just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice and I have a 4-and-a-half-year-old and I’m so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her so loudly. She watches everything, and she sees everything and I’m just so, so grateful for all of you women in this room who have such a lovely, beautiful voice.”



Jennifer Lopez classily laughs off Jeremy Renner’s sexist joke

Renner delivers a line about J-Lo’s “globes” and although it is not that outrageous, the important thing to remember is that it would never happen the other way around. But Lopez’s reaction is not sassy or angry. She’s pure class.


Gina Rodriguez wins Best Actress for Jane the Virgin and highlights the importance of diversity on television 

“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture [Latin community] that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning: ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad. Today is a great day. I can and I did.”



Patricia Arquette wins Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and uses her acceptance speech to recognize single mothers (and motherhood in general)

“You placed in my hands the part of Olivia, an under-appreciated single mother. Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character.” She goes on to thank her children, saying that “my favorite role in my whole life has been being your mom.”



Joanne Froggatt wins Best Supporting Actress for Downton Abbey and talks about rape survivors in her acceptance speech 

“I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape. One woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she’d written but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard. I’d like to say, I heard you and I hope saying this so publicly in some way means you feel the world hears you.”



Transparent wins Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical and writer and exec producer Jill Soloway uses the acceptance speech to talk about discrimination faced by trans people

Try to watch this and not tear up…

“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and too many trans people who die too young. And it’s dedicated to you, my trans parent, my moppa. You’re watching at home right now. I just want to thank you for coming out because in doing so you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love.”


Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda topsy-turvy the ridiculous belief that women are no good at comedy

We can’t wait for their new Netflix series…

“You know, it’s nice — it’s nice — that men, at last, are getting the recognition they deserve for being good at comedy,” Fonda said. “I know, I know. Finally, we can put at rest that negative stereotype that men just aren’t funny,” Tomlin replied.


Maggie Gyllenhaal wins Best Actress for The Honorable Woman and tells the world she’s “turned on” by the increasing portrayal of “actual” women on TV (and celebrates “complicated” women in general) 

A true SheRa moment…

“I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me know. And so I want to thank a couple of the complicated women in my life.”



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