“You need to be heard, you are valuable”: Blake Lively on the importance of girl power

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Blake Lively was up against the likes of Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep for Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards. However her standout performance in shark thriller, The Shallows, cinched the win – and the former Gossip Girl star seemed a tad overwhelmed as she stepped up to the podium to collect her award.

Dedicating the gong to her mum, Lively said: “My mum, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do.”

However it seems as if Lively’s mum wasn’t the only woman to inspire her while she was growing up; the actor went on to add that her first goal as a youngster was to meet the Spice Girls.

“What was so neat about them was that they’re all do distinctly different, and they were women, and they owned who they were, and that was my first introduction into girl power,” she said.

“Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category — when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power. … and men voted for girl power, too, and you guys are awesome for doing that.”

Warming to her theme, Lively continued: “Thank you for sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women, and we want to hear your stories.

“Whether it’s social media, your iPhone – whatever, tell your stories, now more than ever. You need to be heard, you are valuable, and no one can limit you!”

As she finished her speech, Lively also made sure to thank her husband, Ryan Reynolds – and just the mere mention of his name was enough to send some fans over the edge.

Turning her attention to one screaming fan, Lively joked: “You can’t have him, he’s mine!”

It’s not the first time that Lively has called upon women to embrace their feminist ideals following Trump’s shock election victory.

Speaking to on the red carpet in November, the 29 year old said: “Just use your voice. Don't let anybody silence you, ever.

“It's about spreading love, you know? Because that's the easy thing to do right now, to say – women, you get angry or you get upset or you get hurt and you want to lash out, but what we're combating is hate. So it's about spreading love and using your voice.”

The Age of Adeline actor added that she intends to remain a good role model to her children.


“You just have to set an example, you know? It's so important,” she said. “In times like this you can either curl up and be really depressed about the state of communities that are underserved, or you can set that example for your children.

“You just have to figure out how; that's the hardest thing [...] it's about making that extra bit of effort.”

It seems safe to say that Trump has already begun waging war on womankind, as, when asked by CBS’s Lesley Stahl last year about his vision for the Supreme Court and abortion rights, he responded with a common pro-life wish:

“It would go back to the states,” Trump said, if Roe v. Wade, the court decision that legalised abortion, was overturned.

“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?” Stahl asked.

“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump responded.

On 20 January 2017, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

He will replace Barack Obama in the White House, but not before he swears an oath to the people of America.

It is predicted to go something along the lines of: “I Donald J Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

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