Near the end of her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award, Oprah dove into the painful history that brought about this movement against harassment and assault. "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have," she said. "But it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.
"They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They're part of the world of tech and politics and business." She went on to tell the story of Recy Taylor, a woman who was abducted and raped by six armed white men when she was walking home from church, and whose case was investigated by Rosa Parks.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Oprah said. "But their time is up. Their time is up."