The Glamour Women of the Year Awards celebrate some of the strongest and most inspiring women in the world today, and this year’s awards were no exception.
According to HuffPost, at the Nov. 13 ceremony, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, attorney Anita Hill, police officer Ann Cardenas and model Cameron Russell all took the stage of the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. to share their own #MeToo stories, stories of sexual assault and misconduct that have followed since news broke of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Hill told of her experience in 1991 testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee after alleging that Clarence Thomas, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, harassed her when she was his boss and was therefore unfit to serve on the high court, reports HuffPost.
“The outcome of my testimony was not what I’d hoped, but in no way was it the final word,” she said. “In the five years after I testified, sexual harassment complaints filed with the EEOC more than doubled. Legislation against harassment slowly but surely began to pass. And I saw that we had a chance to shift this narrative.”
Raisman also shared her story, says HuffPost, saying that she is one of many abused by Larry Nassar, a former U.S. Olympic and USA Gymnastics team doctor.
To prove that there is always another #MeToo story out there, HuffPost says Raisman and Cardenas asked audience members to (if they were comfortable doing so) stand if they personally or someone they know has experienced assault, harassment or abuse.
The outcome: “Not a single person was still seated,” according to HuffPost.