Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe for best actress Sunday night, but she used her time on stage to advocate for a “women’s right to choose”. She said that it’s a right that enabled her to be where she is today, and she put the spotlight on abortion rights.
Williams is pregnant at the moment, and she won the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series or a motion picture made for TV for her role as Gwen Verdon in “Fosse/Verdon”. The show was also nominated for best mini-series and for best actor.
She said that things can happen to women’s bodies that are not our choice, and even though she’s tried her best to live a life of her own making, and not just a series of events that happened to her, she wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose – to choose when to have her children and with whom.
She added that she knows her choices might look different, but she thanked God that she lives in a country founded on the principle that she’s free to live by her faith.
“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.” – she added.
Check out her full backstage speech below:
Many people and organizations took it to Twitter to thank Williams for her speech, including Planned Parenthood: