By now, you should know who Kerry Washington is. After a vibrant and varied film career, she has spent the last three years portraying Washington, D.C., powerhouse Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal. It has been 40 years since an African-American woman has had a starring role on network television, a sad reality that certainly needed to change.
Last night Kerry Washington received the 2014 Women in Film Lucy Award for Excellence in Television to celebrate her remarkable career and her breakout performance on Scandal. Shonda Rimes (executive producer of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy) proudly presented her the award, calling her "brilliant and bold."
Washington's speech on women, and their role in the media, is not to be missed. You can read the full transcript here below.