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Michelle Williams, Total Queen, Used Her Emmys Speech to Demand Pay Equality for Women of Colour

We stan.

Don’t you love it when an actress is as talented as they are woke? This is the exact reason why I, and everyone on the internet, is stanning the living crap out of Michelle Williams right now. Allow me to get you up to speed: During her acceptance speech for at the 2019 Emmy Awards, Michelle used a good chunk of her speech to thank production companies for providing her with the absolute best resources while filming Fosse/Verdon, and saw an opportunity to mention the workplace inequality and pay gap that women of colour face in the television and film industry.

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“I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value,” Michelle said after nabbing the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series. Then, Michelle got hella woke.

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“Then, where do they put that value?” she continued. “They put it into their work and so the next time a woman and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents to the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed bc of her workplace environment and not in spite of it. “

 

Honestly, Michelle said what needed to be said, and Twitter could not agree more:

 

Here’s Michelle’s speech in full, since you totally need to read and understand alllll the points she made:

“Thank you so much to the Television Academy for this and to the incredible cast and crew who worked so hard to make this TV show, especially you, Sam Rockwell, I know how hard you worked.

I see this as an acknowledgment of what is possible when a a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them, and respected enough that they’ll be heard. When I asked for more dance classes I heard yes. more voice lessons, yes. a different wig, a pair of fake teeth not made out of rubber, yes. All of these things they require effort and they cost more money but my bosses never presumed to know better than I did about what I needed in order to do my job and honor Gwen Verdon.

I want to say thank you so much to FX and to Fox 21 studios for supporting me completely and for paying me equally because they understood that when you put value into a person it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value and then where do they put that value? They put it into their work and so the next time a woman and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents to the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed bc of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”

 

@Emmys, can a speech win an Emmy award??? Asking for, oh IDK—everyone!

Related: Michelle Williams grateful she grew up away from social media

This Post Originally Appeared on Cosmopolitan.com

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