Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan honoured at the Women's Rights Awards

Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at the 10th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards

Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at the 10th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images

Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan, the creators of some of TV's most badass female characters on some of our favourite shows, have been honoured for "changing the face of media" at the 10th annual Global Women's Rights Awards.

Accepting the award, Rhimes - the mastermind behind Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Grey's Anatomy - told the audience "I absolutely love being a woman." But she went on to detail how her assistant once admitted she wanted to be a man for a day. To know how it feels to "have all that".

"My assistant wants to walk through the world just for a day without some guy hitting on her when she runs to Starbucks to get me coffee. She wants to not be called 'cute' by the security guard. She wants to not be told that she should be a model. She wants to not see the look of surprise on someone's face when she tells them where she went to college. She wants her boobs to no longer be a topic of conversation. She wants to no longer make 70 cents on the dollar. She wants to not have old men legislate her vagina's rights. She wants to not know that a glass ceiling ever existed. She wants to not believe that having a baby would end her career. She wants everything in the world to be made for her, be about her and speak mostly to her. Because that's how it is for men."

After such a rousing speech, Orange Is The New Black's Jenji Kohan admitted it "sucks following Shonda," but her cast members were on hand to lend their support. Laverne Cox said Kohan had changed their lives. "Three years ago, I was thinking about going back to grad school. I could barely pay my rent. She's changed my life and all of the people's lives who have been touched by this show."

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Applause all round. 

Source: The Mary Sue, Entertainment Weekly