During her speech, McDonnell drew a lot of laughs and applause from the room when she complimented all the ladies on their youthful appearances.
“I’m looking around at the women in this room, the honorees, some women I’ve known for a while, some women I’m just meeting; I think women are looking really frickin’ great,” she said.
“Literally, 10 years, certainly 20 and 30 years ago, once we got past the child bearing years, we were deemed kind of not useful at least in terms of the image. Talk about breaking the glass ceiling. We can choose now to get younger. Are you kidding me, I think that should be celebrated,” said McDonnell, referring to cosmetic surgery.
On a more serious note, McDonnell did thank all her fellow honorees for inspiring her and applauded all the women who have come before her.
“I find this award emotional. I was thinking of all the women who have come before us who have never received this kind of award and spent their lives quietly and sometimes stealthily, chipping away so that their daughters and daughter’s daughters wouldn’t have to suffer, wouldn’t have to claw, wouldn’t have to fight for everything they wanted,” she said.
PLEASE NOTE: the video and audio are synched a little bit weird. I don’t know why this happens. The video on computer is all perfectly synched.