They are all men.

The visual is perhaps even more striking than her words, and it encapsulates not only how difficult it still is for women to climb to the top, but how alone the ones who make it up there are. Swift’s speech is only slightly different from what Kate Winslet said after she won a BAFTA Award just a few days earlier. Talking about how, at 14, she was given the recommendation to settle for “the fat girl part” she said:

Any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it.

Swift and Winslet are ultimately saying the same thing: That it’s not just that there aren’t as many opportunities for women, but that there aren’t enough allies—and too many people are quick to discourage women or take away from their achievements. More and more women are making it to the top, but they are the outliers, still, not an organic representation of more women becoming increasingly more powerful.

Swift’s acceptance speech images perfectly portray a lonely climb: a woman in a sea of men.

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