During Wednesday night’s Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, Taraji P. Henson received the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television. During the event Henson shared some advice for women out there hoping to push through the ceiling.
“Just don’t take no s–t,” she told PEOPLE, “You know, know you have a voice. Know that your voice is important, and fight until it’s heard. That’s what I did.”
The Empire actress also encouraged women to fight for equality. In her speech she told the crowd, “We’re all we got ladies. If we don’t support each other, who will? We have a bad rap sometimes in this industry – diva, difficult, catty. When all we’re doing is, in those moments when you call us being difficult, we’re fighting for what we deserve. If I do a job just as well as a man, people tune in every week, they see me, they root for me just like they root for him. Why should my pay be less than his?”
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