Ellen DeGeneres on Encouraging Women to Speak Out, Claim Their Power

May 31, 2017


One of Ellen DeGeneres’ biggest breaks in Hollywood? When she made it to the couch — Johnny Carson’s couch, that is, in 1986.

After performing that famous “phone call to God” bit on “The Tonight Show,” the legendary late-night host called her over to sit down. She was the first woman to earn that invitation.

“That had a huge impact on my career,” she said. “It was something that meant a lot to me. It was something that I wanted to accomplish, and it happened.”

Comedy remains DeGeneres’ bread and butter, and she’s tapped into the platform to educate her fans about the political and social issues she cares about most.

In the midst of a polarizing political climate, DeGeneres has been a central force in championing the women who are coming together to protect their rights and stand up for equality. “We should encourage women to claim their power,” she said. “Too many women are scared to speak out, because we are taught in sometimes subtle and sometimes very obvious ways in society that we are supposed to be quiet and polite, and we are supposed to be nice and sweet. All those qualities are great, but we should also be powerful.”

DeGeneres continued: “Our voices should be heard, and we should be able to speak out. Women should be paid the same amount for the same job. Women should lean in.”


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Cool Reads & Blogs

Yoko Ono Reimagines "Woman Power" & Female Liberation, 45 Years Later

August 22, 2018

Yonk Ono rules and remembers

Peace, Love, strength and Yoko Ono. They fit like hand in glove. Now Yoko revisits her past through her latest album Warzone (out October 19) and remembers our history so she can help influence our future - right on time.

Continue Reading

Reap What You Sow- A Night with ELO

August 16, 2018

A magical night of ELO and a concert full of love and amazing surprises - Groupie designer and contributor, Devyn Severson, shares her fun-filled story with us all.  Thanks Dev

Continue Reading

Miss P chats it up with New York DJ Alix Brown

August 14, 2018

New York DJ Alix Brown chats it up with Miss P

New York DJ and girl about town, Alix Brown, recently spent a few LA nights on the town with our own Miss Pamela. A little fun and girl-talk go a long way when you're trying to balance career, creativity and personal fulfillment. Join the party.

Continue Reading

Sign up for news, deals and steals