Here were some of the standout moments…
1. When Amy Schumer made fun of women’s magazines in her opening.
“I make fun of women’s magazines because it’s easy and it’s fun and they write hostile articles… like ‘How To Trick Your Stomach Into Thinking You Ate That Week!’ or ‘How to Make Your Pussy Smell Like A Christmas Ornament!’”
I was sitting there like, “DAAAAAAAAMN. I did not expect to hear the word pussy here tonight!”
(And also, co-signed.)
Watch the video of her set here.
2. When Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindy Leive mentioned that the eight tribute films we’d see about the honorees throughout the evening were all directed by women.
“So, Hollywood, next time you say there are no women capable of directing movies about superheroes, well… here are eight who have already done just that.”
(Another great line from her speech: “Yes, Congress is stuck at just 19% female — I believe the technical term is ‘sausage fest’…”)
3. When Lupita Nyong’o took the stage to present Misty Copeland with her award.
OK, maybe I was the only one, but I didn’t realize that all of the honorees would be introduced by amazing celebrities. When Lupita came out to present Misty’s award, I kind of lost my shit because of all that #blackgirlmagic. (Also, the event was like Christmas because I never knew which celeb would come out next, or which amazing woman they’d be introducing!)
4. When Raven Wilkinson spoke in the video about Misty Copeland.
The 80-year-old African-American ballerina paved the way for Misty Copeland in a lot of ways. Watch the whole video here if you’re in the mood for a good cry. (Kerry Washington also appeared in the video, NBD.)
5. When Misty Copeland thanked her mentor Susan Fales-Hill for showing her “what it was to be a strong black woman, and stand on your own, and stand for something.”
6. When honoree Cecile Richards mentioned that her mom — former Texas Governor Ann Richards — had stood on that stage accepting her own Woman of the Year award 24 years prior.
I lived in Houston for four years and I am so here for badass Texas women and also shout-outs to moms. I cried.
7. Every time the young women in the balconies went wild.
Cindy Leive mentioned in her speech that the young ladies in the balconies were from various (badass) organizations for girls, and they added such amazing spirit to the evening. (Later in the ceremony, Sophia Bush and Ellie Goulding took to the stage with a group of young women from The Girl Project, pictured above.) The young ladies in the balconies went crazy every time their favorite celebs made cameos in the films (they loved Beyonce and Laverne Vox) and a lot of the speakers addressed them directly with advice and calls to action, which led to more cheering. Their excitement was awesome and gave me hope for the future.
8. When Selena Gomez ushered these six women off stage by saying, “Thanks, girls!”
Those ~girls~? Former Women of the Year honorees Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power, Iman, Liya Kebede, Billie Jean King, and Serena Williams. I thought the “girls” moment was super endearing, especially because when the group exited the stage, Selena and Madeleine walked together with their arms around each other’s waists.
9. When presenter Seth Meyers told the young women in the audience to “never waste a second of your time on a man who doesn’t want your input and advice.”
(Also, Seth, if you want my input and advice… I think we should run away together.)
10. When Judith Light introduced Caitlyn Jenner.
Maybe I just have a special place in my heart for Judith Light because she was always my favorite judge on Law & Order: SVU, but I found her intro so incredibly heartfelt and authentic. After the tribute video ran, Judith stood there with tears in her eyes and said, “Caitlyn, you are strong. You are brave. And you belong on this stage.” Then she said “Please welcome Glamour Woman of the Year, Caitlyn Jenner” — with such joy and happiness as she said the word “woman” — and I found myself desperately wishing there was a sobbing heart-eye emoji so I could properly express my feelings on Twitter.
11. When Caitlyn Jenner talked about getting her driver’s license.
So at this point in the evening, I was basically just a puddle of mascara in a leopard-print skirt, and then Caitlyn made her speech, and it included this tidbit:
“And to Glamour magazine, I gotta tell you a story quickly. I haven’t been on the airlines in over a year because I didn’t have authentic I.D. And finally last week, I got my driver’s license. Picture and gender marker ‘F.’” [The crowd went wild at this; I was torn between applauding and wiping my tears.] “So it’s always the little things in life that really you notice. And I’m sitting on the plane, and for the first time readingGlamour magazine and not having to fold the cover over so nobody could see what actually I was reading. And I had that thing open beautifully and just reading throughGlamour magazine was absolutely great.”
You can read her entire speech here and watch part of it here.
12. When Reese Witherspoon told it like it is.
Reese is on the cover of the Women of the Year issue, and her speech focused mostly on hard it is to get studios to make movies about women, where women are the hero of the story. And she called out one line in particular that she sees in scripts regularly, and that she hates:
“Where was our Sally Field in Norma Rae or Sigourney Weaver in Alien or Goldie Hawn in, you name it, any Goldie Hawn movie: Overboard, Wildcats, Private Benjamin? These women shaped my idea of what it meant to be a woman of strength and character and humor in this world. And my beautiful, intelligent daughter, who is 16 years old now, would not grow up idolizing that same group of women. Instead, she’d be forced to watch a chorus of talented, accomplished women Saran wrapped into tight leather pants, tottering along on very cute, but completely impractical, shoes turn to a male lead and ask breathlessly, ‘What do we do now?!’ Seriously, I’m not kidding. Go back and watch any movie, and you’ll see this line over and over. I love to ask questions, but it’s my most hated question.
“I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, ‘What do we do now?!’ Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do?”
And everyone died laughing because it’s true AF.
You can read it her entire speech here and watch part of it here here. (It’s really worth a read.)
13. When the women of Charleston were honored.
As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t know who the presenters were, and I didn’t immediately know whose award they were presenting. When Viola Davis came out, I was more excited by her fabulousness than anything else.