What Anita Hill, Drew Barrymore, and 6 others had to say about women's empowerment, sexual abuse, and retouched photos

On Monday, Glamour magazine hosted its 27th annual Women of the Year Awards, celebrating the year’s most groundbreaking women while paying tribute to original trailblazers.

This year’s awards were perhaps the biggest in recent history by star count, with attendees from the Condé Nast and Hollywood orbits out in a full showing of support for Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, who will step down from her post at the end of the year.

The awards recognized 10 figures (in addition to Leive herself) from fashion, the arts, politics, and sciences, as Women of the Year: Muzoon Almellehan, Samantha Bee, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Gigi Hadid, Patty Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Solange Knowles, Maxine Waters, Peggy Whitson, and the organizers of the Women’s March.

Along the red carpet came even more celebrities (including some previously honored as Women of the Year) to pay homage to the women chosen: Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, Iman, Nina Agdal, Nick Jonas, Anna Wintour.

Accompanying the Glamour Women of the Year Awards was a summit, held earlier that day, that included panel discussions and workshops addressing women’s issues and empowerment. There were discussions about persistence, business success, body positivity, and sexual liberation.

Yahoo Lifestyle asked attendees on the red carpet about their thoughts on some of the summit’s biggest themes — sexual harassment and assault, sisterhood, empowerment, and more. Here’s what they had to say.

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Anita Hill, professor, attorney, and pioneer

Yahoo Lifestyle: With the women who have come forward and men who have faced consequences for allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, is it enough when an alleged abuser’s career ends abruptly?
AH:
It depends on the nature of the harassment. Some of this is physical assault, and in those cases there should be criminal charges. If there are criminal assault charges, it’s not just about people’s fears over rape and sexual assault, it’s about the criminal justice system and seeking justice for the victims.
(Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Bozoma Saint John, Uber chief brand officer

Yahoo Lifestyle: You were hired to address the negative attention Uber’s received over sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace. What is a tangible thing you invoke at the company to combat these issues?
BSJ: I’m a corporate citizen, and I’m an employee like everybody else. So I want the environment to be good for me, too. … I had a big voice at the table, as you can imagine. I’m not quiet about anything. It’s about using my voice as big and as loud as I can for those who aren’t seen or heard, and using it to represent us.
(Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage)

Ibtihaj Muhammad, U.S. Olympian and inspiration for first hijab-wearing Barbie

Yahoo Lifestyle: Looking to 2018, what do you hope more people discuss?
IM: I do think self-care is important, but one way we can help ourselves is to help one another. There are a lot of global issues I find important that I think the world has gone silent on. One of the largest issues that I see, that we as a global community need to take more action on, is in Myanmar and Burma.
(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)

Prabal Gurung, women’s wear designer

Yahoo Lifestyle: What does it mean for you to attend the Glamour Women of the Year (WOTY) Awards?
PG: I don’t think there’s been a more exciting time in history for women. To see they’re all coming together, that’s incredible power and force we’re all witnessing, which I’ve always believed in. I’m just here to celebrate that. As a women’s wear designer, there’s nothing more gratifying than to see women in power.
(Photo: Gregory Pace/REX/Shutterstock)

Iskra Lawrence, Aerie Real campaign model

Yahoo Lifestyle: Do you retouch your own photos?
IL: I actually made a commitment three or four years ago that I wouldn’t ever retouch my own social media, the images I have control over. I do that for my followers, but I also do it for myself. Knowing that I look online the same as I do in real life is a breath of fresh air. I don’t want to spend time picking out things I think are flaws, or society or the media has told me aren’t as beautiful, and try to raise them. I don’t want to go through that every single day.
(Photo: Gregory Pace/REX/Shutterstock)

Drew Barrymore, actress and director

Yahoo Lifestyle: What are your biggest takeaways from the Glamour Women of the Year Summit and Awards?
DB: I think this is an extraordinary time for women. We have to encourage all of this strength. Defiance is a tricky word, but there’s a way women can be pioneers that seems a lot more in keeping with strength rather than anger. The hope is that women are taking care of themselves and taking care of each other inadvertently. For every woman who is brave, she’s protecting another woman.
(Photo: Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock)

Billie Eilish, musician and Glamour WOTY performer

Yahoo Lifestyle: Who is your best friend? What’s the best thing about them, and what would they say is the best thing about you?
BE: Probably my brother. I think he just understands through everything, he’s there and I understand him. We write together and he produces all my stuff. He says the best thing about me is also probably the worst: I’m strong-willed. I never don’t do what I want to do. It can be great, but horrible, too. People don’t really like when other people know what they want.
(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

Halima Aden, first hijab-wearing high fashion model

Yahoo Lifestyle: Looking to 2018, what do you hope more people discuss?
HA: It’s all aout sharing your story. Even though I was born in a refugee camp, I tell it in an endearing way. I take away from that experience the happiness, the joy, from an early age appreciating the culture. When we’re stripped of everything, we learn to appreciate each other. If I can get that message out there, it would be that we have more things in common than are different.
(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)