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When Congresswoman Maxine Waters snapped, “Reclaiming my time,” to a meandering Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin—a line from standard parliamentary procedure in the House—she could have had no idea that she had just uttered a rallying cry for all American women. And anyway, she’d already done a ton for American women, having spent 37 years (and counting!) as a public servant. That’s why she received the , presented to her onstage by Zendaya (a 2016 Woman of the Year Award ).
“Have you ever been the only woman in a room?” Zendaya asked the audience. “What about the only black woman in a room? Our next honoree has reminded us over and over again when we are faced with the despair and defeating odds of that room, we can not allow it to intimidate us. Instead she teaches us how to let it fuel us.... She reminds us that we must be fearless in how we represent ourselves in a room where we are not always being represented.”
She received a standing ovation before even hitting the podium. “I want you to seek out opportunities on boards and do everything you can do to get ready to run,” Waters told the crowd. “This is your time. I’m reclaiming my time—it’s time you claim yours.”
She then unloaded some killer wisdom for these troubled times: “You see again what is going on, you understand who is being disadvantaged, who is being undermined. Trust yourselves. Do not doubt yourselves. Do what you know in your heart is right and trust yourselves.” She added that the young people in the audience recognized when a leader was dangerous—even when that leader happens to be the president.
And then, she led the standing crowd in a loud chant of, “Impeach him! Impeach 45!”
We love you, Auntie Maxine.
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Source : https://www.glamour.com/story/women-of-the-year-2017-awards-live-blog