Thanks Oprah

You might have seen it by now, it’s been going viral online. Oprah’s acceptance speech of the  Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday. She has a beautiful way with words but it was more the theme of her speech which had the audience on their feet and me compelled to write.

I’m not a big one for celebrities. I think many are overrated and not necessarily good role models for our children. However there are exceptions, and over the years Oprah has grown on me. Maybe it’s come with her age, or mine, but some of her messages really resonate with me.

There was one line in her speech on Sunday night that reinforced all I’m coming to believe and the real reason I created Girl Empowered.

“…what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Oprah Winfrey

As Oprah also highlighted, we are moving into a new phase. A time when the power over stance of gender that is so ingrained in cultures across the world is being challenged.

I’ve never considered myself a feminist. But I do believe that women and our girls deserve the same opportunities to shine as their male counterparts. I do believe that women and our girls can create the lives they dream of which may not involve a white picket fence and a prince charming. I do believe that encouraging our girls to speak their truth and develop the confidence in themselves to courageously and vulnerably stand up for their dreams and their true selves is needed. And we need to be women that lift others up, not bitch, complain and sabotage when others are shining, but be inspiring positive role models in our everyday life. Because that’s where the change happens.

So thank you Oprah for being a voice of courage for those who cannot or those who will one day, look back on your moment in that spotlight, and know that it was in those few minutes you inspired them to live their truth and speak and act with courage and compassion.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to Oprah’s speech.