The Bronx born native also has Jamaican heritage in her family tree. Her grandmother Isabelle was from Jamaica. "She was a badass," Washington told InStyle. "She was an immigrant from Jamaica who raised seven children alone in the Bronx."


The campaign highlights the magic that happens when women support one another.

Taylor Lewis
Jun, 23, 2016

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously said that there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.

Nonprofit LeanIn.Org is taking note.

S.H.A.U.N. Foundation to Empower Girls and Women

Today, the organization, which empowers women and was founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, launched its Together Women Can campaign, which illustrates the power of women supporting other women. As part of its initiative, the foundation released a video featuring influential women, including Kerry Washington and Serena Williams, discussing the women who helped them get where they are today.

#BlackGirlMagic Took Over the United #StateofWomen Summit

“I’m going to try to say this without getting really emotional, but I’m not really sure what my life would look like if it were not for Shonda Rhimes,” Washington said. “…She has so much power, but she wields it so compassionately and responsibly.”

Watch the video in full below, and remember, as Williams says, “we’re all on the same team.”