Hillary Clinton, Ashley Judd Honored at Women Media Awards in NYC
Clinton was honored with the Wonder Woman award while Judd received the Truth to Power honor.
Female stars such as Marisa Tomei, Julianna Margulies, Judith Light and Jane Fonda joined together in New York City at the Women Media Awards on Thursday night to pay homage to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as well as Ashley Judd, who was the among the first of a series of women to come forward with sexual assault allegations against ousted Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Judd accepted her Truth to Power award from Women Media Center co-founder Gloria Steinem. The actress began her acceptance speech recounting her incident with Weinstein, which occurred over 20 years ago when she met the producer at his hotel for what she believed was a business meeting. “I came right downstairs and [my dad] could see it in my face that I was shattered and I told him everything and I’ve been telling folks for about 20 years and I am very happy that I’ve finally been heard,” Judd said.
Judd also addressed her Good Morning America interview that had occurred earlier that day and said, “We’ve been able to talk about how perpetrators are shameless and they put their toxic shame onto their victims, and we internalize it and take it around with us. Until we say wait a minute, that was never my shame in the first place. I’m going to put it back where it belongs, which is on the sexual predator.”
Clinton was also lauded for her work during her 2016 presidential campaign and her decades of political service as both first lady and secretary of state. Clinton was awarded the first and only Wonder Woman award.
“I had a hunch that I would like [the Wonder Woman movie] about a strong woman who tuned out the naysayers and helped save the world from a massive international disaster. That sounds right up my alley,” Clinton said upon accepting her award.
The newly published author also celebrated her 70th birthday with the audience at the Women Media Center.
White House correspondent April Ryan was also in attendance and received the She Persisted award. Ryan reflected on how Hillary Clinton had supported her when she was going through a rough time and said she was able to thank Clinton, who'd served as her Wonder Woman.
Oct. 27, 9:51 a.m. An earlier version of this story included an incorrect account of Ryan's speech. This has since been corrected, and The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.