Halle Berry urged women to keep telling stories that show their “crowds and contradictions” in an impassioned speech at the Critics Choice Awards (CCA).
The Oscar-winning actress was honored with CCA’s sixth annual SeeHer Award, which honors female members of the industry for their advocacy of gender equality.
By accepting the award, she assured girls around the world that they would be seen and heard.
“I am so grateful to be standing up and living in this moment, where we women are standing up and telling our own stories,” she said.
“We will write, produce, direct and, if we are brave enough, star in all at the same time.
“We will use our emotional intelligence and tell stories that don’t fit preconceived notions, no.
“We will tell stories so that they see us fully in all our multitudes and contradictions, because we are confident and we are afraid.
“We are vulnerable and we are strong, we are beautiful and we are abused. We are everything and all that and everything at the same time.”
She added: “These are the stories we need to tell and these are the stories the world needs to see, so for every little girl who feels invisible and unheard, this is our way of telling them: we love you and we see you.” and you deserve all the good things in this world.”