The actress discussed her own experiences with abortion and motherhood, finally calling on all women to vote during the upcoming elections.
At a time when a pregnant person's right to choose is under attack, we need everyone to stand up for abortion rights and protect, in particular, a woman's ability to make her own decisions about her body. Therefore, when Michelle Williams, star of The Greatest Showman, used her Golden Globe acceptance speech to defend a woman's right to choose, she deserved nothing but a standing ovation. Williams won the prestigious Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film award for her role in Fosse/Verdon. The actress, in her rather powerful and moving speech, called on women to exercise their right to vote during the upcoming Presidential elections, CNN reports.
"When you put this in someone's hands you're acknowledging the choices they make as an actor," she stated. "Moment by moment, scene by scene, day by day. But you're also acknowledging the choices they make as a person. The education they pursued, 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 in 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." She then opened up about her own challenges and experiences involving her undeniable right to choose.
Williams said, "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 do this without employing a woman's right to choose." She admitted that while she might have made mistakes, they were her mistakes to make. The actress then went on to speak up for everyone's right to self-determination, no matter what decisions — good or bad — they chose for themselves.
"To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives as all mothers know that the scales must and will tip towards our children," Williams said. "Now I know my choices might look different than yours, but thank God or whoever you pray to that we live in a country founded on the principles 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 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." Finally, she called on all women to make America more like them. She powerfully concluded, "Let's make it look more like us."