You know you’re going to have a great night when the term “sausage fest” gets dropped at Carnegie Hall within the first 10 minutes of an event. That’s what Glamour’s editor-in-chief called Congress during the (decidedly not sausage-heavy) 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, where she recognized women who are making strides in their respective fields despite a persistent gender imbalance in many of them.
The inspiring evening, which marked 25 years of Glamour Women of the Year and was hosted by Amy Schumer, honored women like Reese Witherspoon, Caitlyn Jenner, Misty Copeland, the U.S. women’s soccer team, Victoria Beckham and the survivors of the Charleston massacre. Each of the honorees was introduced by an icon — the likes of Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Selena Gomez, Goldie Hawn and Lupita Nyong’o — and had a short film made about her, directed by, duh, a woman.
There were moments that brought the audience to tears (the women of Charleston spoke about losing their loved ones, Jennifer Hudson sang), moments when we remembered just how incredible young women are (each time someone inspiring came onstage, the youngest audience members cheered the loudest), and times when we simply couldn’t believe we were sharing the same air space as Madeleine Albright, who was wearing her “breaking the glass ceiling” brooch.
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