I not often moved by TV moments (although I'm not gonna lie, I cried when Beverly Hills 90210 went off the air) so when I first saw Amy Poehler walk up onto the stage when Rob Lowe announced her as the first nominee, I kinda thought mayyyybe... she was either tipsy (ok, drunk) or confused OR she was going to pull a Kanye West and interrupt presenters Rob and Sofia Vergara, but instead they just looked oddly at her. And when they announced Melissa McCarthy's name and SHE went up on stage, I was seriously confused, wondering what the hell they were doing.
But as I watched all the women go up on stage as their names were called, I couldn't help feeling some sort of pride for women everywhere because, even though it was clearly staged, it proved that women could be in a competing category but still support and celebrate their successes without it being a pretentious "How nice for her" clap.
They were genuinely excited for each other, truly proud to be in the category together and heartfelt hugs were given to Melissa when she was crowned the "Queen of Comedy" for the event. I teared up, I was in awe of these women, and I was inspired by their grace, authentic joy for each other and the moment where the women were so grateful to celebrate and BE celebrated for their accomplishments.
Girls, we can all take a page from these funny bitches' notebook:
- Celebrate the successes of other women, don't knock down their accomplishments.
- Be genuinely happy when you see another woman soar, don't be snarky and spiteful with your comments.
- Use your powers for good, not evil. If you can't be happy for another woman's success, keep your negative energy to yourself
- If you find yourself competing with another business woman, find a way to work with her instead of against her
It is the same thing I hope to see more often and, more specifically, hope to bring with the FIERCE networking group and the 2011 FIERCE Women of the Year awards.
Because those actresses, they embody the idea of FIERCE:
Females Inspiring Each other in a REAL Community of Empowerment
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