Oprah Winfrey discusses her decision-making process in the face of criticism, staying true to her morals and strong opinions. She explains that when being accused of betraying women by voting for Barack Obama, she responded that she had been a woman all her life, and a free woman at that. And in being a free woman, she has the right to exercise her opinions and exhibit personal empowerment.
As an iconic symbol in culture, Oprah generates extreme amounts of energy and emotional responses to her actions. Her influence in society is far reaching, and positively impacts many demographics. Her position as a woman exhibiting that it is in fact possible to break past the glass ceiling, and empowers those questioning whether or not to speak out and share their voice.