Madonna Makes Powerful Billboard 'Woman Of The Year' Speech

Woman Of The Year

Woman Of The Year

Madonna has been heaped with praise in the wake of her bold acceptance speech after being named 'Woman of the Year' at the Billboard Awards.

Madge spoke out about her views on sexism and misogyny within the entertainment industry.

I Stand Before You As A Doormat

I Stand Before You As A Doormat

“I stand before you as a doormat ... Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer," she said.

“Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for thirty-four years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse".

There Are Rules If You're A Girl

There Are Rules If You're A Girl

“I was of course inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules — if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl.

You Have To Play The Game

You Have To Play The Game

“If you’re a girl, you have to play the game," Madonna insisted.

"You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your smuttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world.

"Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.”

Sex and Erotica

Sex and Erotica

Madge then went on to explain how times were easier when she was married to Sean Penn, but then things heated up for her dramatically when she released both her Sex book and the Erotica album. She then sent out a plea to women in the industry and beyond.

“We have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth,” she said.

“Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.”