2017 is the year for celebrating women, and we’re celebrating an uprising. The Weinstein beast has been overthrown and in its wake lies a harmonization of ‘me too’ female voices from each corner of the world, a symphony of change and revolt.
This catastrophic backlash against the corrupt male domination in the entertainment industry has led to upheaval everywhere; all work places, all environments, all situations. The rocks are being lifted and underneath them the Weinstein’s of the world are exposed and squirming like ants underneath the bright sunny glare of public scrutiny.
The time for shining a light on inspiring and awe inducing women has never been so relevant, and the 2017 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards did just that. From the uber-famous A-listers to the non-famous, but by no means regular, women; the event showcased bravery, defiance, intelligence and wit in a variety of beautiful female forms.
These women are catapulting gritty issues into the spotlight with such boldness and fierceness that the conversations they are sparking are spreading like wildfire with a refusal to be extinguished. There are the journalists who covered the explosive Weinstein expose, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, to the Syrian refugee turned education activist Muzoon Almellehan and NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson; all intellectual women joining together as the rearing head of change.
Solange, winner of The Artist Award, spoke up on the need for creative control in the music industry, simultaneously touching on the misunderstood notion that women can’t be both intelligent and interested in fashion. Whilst Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress Nicole Kidman received the Film Actress of The Year Award donned in a tulle tiered creation showcasing a bare-breasted female with her wings outstretched - in a clear, bold nod to the seismic shift in power and gender equality.
Glamour’s Editor In Chief, Cindi Lieve, summed up the entire evenings attitude impeccably: “There’s a feeling in the air right now and it’s, ‘World, if you aren’t going to move faster, then we, women, are going to put our foot on the gas.” As 2017 comes to a close, those words couldn’t be truer; the future is bright, and the future most definitely is female.