Last night I attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards Ceremony.
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 Cindi Leive mentioned that the eight tribute films we'd see about the honorees throughout the evening were all directed by women.
3. When Lupita Nyong'o took the stage to present Misty Copeland with her award.
4. When Raven Wilkinson spoke in the video about Misty Copeland.
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.
7. Every time the young women in the balconies went wild.
8. When Selena Gomez ushered these six women off stage by saying, "Thanks, girls!"
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."
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.
12. When Reese Witherspoon told it like it is.
13. When the women of Charleston were honored.
And then she started her speech: "I was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, just an hour north of Charleston."
And my heart dropped because I knew that this was going to be the most heartbreaking part of the evening. She went on to talk about the massacre at the AME Church on June 17, 2015 and then introduced the video, which you can watch in full below: