Michelle Williams, award winning actor said when she won the Best Actress Award for her role in the film Fosse/Verdon in January 2020:
“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 recognise my handwriting all over it, sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise, but one that I have carved with my own hand.
The award was an acknowledgement of what is possible when a woman is trusted to discern her own needs, feels safe enough to voice them and respected enough that they’ll be heard. I thank the studio that produced Fosse/Verdon for supporting me completely and paying me equally.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.
So the next time a woman, and especially a woman of colour, because she stands to make 52 cents on 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 because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it.”