Though she gratefully (even though after a lot of trepidation) accepted the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, Shonda Rhimes talked about how she never broke through any glass ceilings to deserve the award.
The writer and producer of shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder," delivered an inspiring, eight-minute speech about industry glass ceilings and women’s progress in the tinsel town dominated by white males.
She said she was amazed as well as doubtful why anyone would want to give her the prestigious award. When told it was in recognition of her breaking through the industry's glass ceiling as a woman and an African-American, she felt the credit was an undeserved one.
"'Do they know I haven't broken through any glass ceilings?' I ask my publicist,” she said.
“He assures me that I have. I assure him that I have not. I have not broken through any glass ceilings. If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. If I had broken through a glass ceiling, I would have felt some cuts, I would have some bruises. There'd be shards of glass in my hair. I'd be bleeding, I'd have wounds.”
Then she went on to explain just why she felt so in the most inspiring, wonderful and badass speech you may have heard this year.
Watch the video above to hear what she had to say yourself.