On Sunday night, actress Michelle Williams won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards for her performance as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon.
Taking the stage for her acceptance speech, Williams spoke to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, fellow nominees, and global audiences about the importance of abortion rights and women’s right to choose.
Read the full text of Williams’ moving speech below:
“Thank you so much, first of all to my Fosse/Verdon family and to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. When you put this in someone’s hands, you’re acknowledging the choices that they make as an actor — moment by moment, scene by scene, day by day. But you’re also acknowledging the choices they make as a person — the education they pursue, the training they sought, the hours they put in.
I’m grateful for the acknowledgment of the choices I’ve made, and I’m also grateful to have lived at a moment in our society where choice exists. Because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice. I’ve tried my very best to live a life of my own making and not just a series of events that happened to me, but one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over — sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise — but one that I had carved with my own hand. And I wouldn’t have been able to this without employing a woman’s right to choose, to choose when to have my children and with whom.
When I felt supported and able to balance our lives knowing as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children. Now, I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God or whomever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principle that I am free to live by my faith and you are free to live by yours.
So women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years — which is why the world looks so much like them. But don’t forget, we are the largest voting body in this country. Let’s make it look more like us.
Tommy and Matilda, I can’t wait to come home to you.”