10 Favorite Quotes from Television’s Leading Ladies: MAKERS Hits The Red Carpet

Star-studded with some of the most influential women in comedy, drama, sports television, and broadcast news, MAKERS took to the red carpet at the Paley Center’s Spring Gala honoring Women in Television on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

The Paley Center for Media gathered to celebrate the myriad of ways in which women have pioneered the television industry through the decades, honoring legends such as MAKERS Carol Burnett and Marlo Thomas.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street, the Paley Center for Media presented powerful content from their archives, taking attendees on a journey through the history of women in television. The night’s commemoration was a testament to the strength of the female voice - and how it can, when amplified through media, change lives. And that power was definitely felt throughout the room.

MAKERS took to the red carpet interviewing some of the most successful women in the business, hearing their thoughts on how women are represented in media and what feminism means to them. While a few stars were proud to proclaim their pro-feminist beliefs, most were hesitant to commit to the label of “feminist”.

Here are ten of the most inspiring quotes MAKERS gathered from television’s female powerhouses:

1. “No one is judging you as harshly as you are judging yourself.” 
- Wendi McLendon-Covey, actress from “The Goldberg’s” and known for her supporting role in “Bridesmaids,” tells women in media what she wishes someone told her at the start of her career.

2. “One is a pest, two is a team, three is a coalition.”
- MAKER and actress,
Marlo Thomas, on how equality happens when women stand together.

3. “I’m all about showing my beauty and whatever that means to me - and to not be defined by somebody else’s vision of who I am.”
- Carla Hall, television personality from The Chew and Top Chef, on what it means to be a feminist.

4. "I learned about the “F word” [Feminism] at the Women’s March...it’s the moment where I felt it in my gut.”
-
Alysia Reiner, “Orange is the New Black” star, on whether she considers herself a feminist.

5. “Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Because let’s face it - it’s still a man’s world in media.”
- Aphrodite Jones, author, reporter, and television producer, when asked by MAKERS what is her advice to women pursuing a career in media.

6. “Stick together and open your mouth...you’re not always going to win, but at least staying vocal about [the gender wage gap] and standing up for yourself, is really the most you can do.”
- Carly
Chaikin, actress, opens up about closing the gender wage gap in media.

7. “I think if we know our value and speak up, it will make a big difference.”
- Maureen
Reidy, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, on closing the gender wage gap.

8. “I’m one hundred percent a feminist. I am also for women and men - and I think that is the new feminism.”
- Lynda Carter, actress and the screen’s first “Wonder Woman,” shares what feminism means to her.

9. “I want them to feel the strides that women in my generation and previous have made for them. So you can label that whatever you want - I call it love.”
- Harris Faulkner, Newscaster and Television Host, on her definition of feminism.

10. “Enjoy every moment. Laugh a little more.”
- Gloria Reuben, producer, singer, actress, and star of “ER” gives advice to her younger self.

Check out more of our exclusive interviews on the red carpet with the evening’s female leaders in media:

Judith Light: 

Harris Faulkner: 

Naturi Naughton: 

Wendi McLendon-Covey: 

Hillary Farr: 

Lynn Whitfield: 

Rose Kirk: 

Carly Chaikin:

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