Hunter Schafer, Judith Light, Ali Stroker, and more on finding radical success in 2019


New York, NY–– The theme of the 2019 Women of the Year Summit is “Go Big” and to help showcase the records women shattered this year, Glamour speaks with five women about the times they pushed beyond their own limits, took up space, and changed their lives. Actors Judith Light and Hunter Schaeffer will be at Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit on Sunday, November 10 in New York City.


actor Hunter Schaffer: “I found my rage”

“Rage is one of the harder emotions for me to find—because I really struggle with expressing anger—and it took awhile for me to get there, Schaffer says about the time she learned to channel her anger when doing a hallucination scene as her character, Jules. “So Sam Levinson, the show’s creator, told me just to scream. I did it, then he told me to do it again, then again, a few more times. Releasing that kind of tension out of my body took me to an emotional place, one that made sense for the scene.”

Political Correspondent Antonia Hylton: “I brought my ‘fro into the field.”

“There’s power in my decision to keep showing up to this job as myself. I won’t let people use my appearance to discredit my work, and I won’t let them keep me from asking my questions,” Hylton says about embracing her big natural hair as on-air correspondent. After 11 years of chemically relaxing her black hair, Hylton removed all traces of sodium hydroxide and fights against the preconceived notions of what a reporter is supposed to look like.

Tony Award-Winning Actor Ali Stroker: “I auditioned anyway”

 “As an actress with a disability, I believe it’s important to use your disability to enhance your work. It’s such a strong statement to see somebody onstage who moves through the world differently,” Stoker, who is in a wheelchair, says about her audition for Oklahoma! Growing up, she never saw anyone like herself in a musical, so she almost didn’t audition for the role of Ado Annie. She not only snagged the role, but made history as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award.

Tony-and Emmy-winning Actor Judith Light: “I Chose Growth Over Fear”

“People stopped me in restaurants and thanked me for standing in solidarity with everyone who has lost their hair from cancer. There’s a way to use art to make a difference: Art can change the culture and open people’s minds,”  Light says about shaving her head for the lead role as a woman with stage IV ovarian cancer in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. When Light auditioned for the role––one that required her to be completely naked on stage and shave her head––she never thought she would actually get it, especially after her hiatus from acting.  When she landed the role, she realized that bye saying yes she was choosing growth over discomfort and also decided not to wear a wig during the play’s run. 

Maiden Factor Founder Tracy Edwards: “I Bet It All on a Beat-Up Boat”

“I often don’t have confidence—I was riddled with self-doubt during Whitbread—but rather annoyingly, I have the inability to give up, sailor and Maiden Factor Founder Edwards says about recruiting the first team of girls to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race, after no male team would let her join as a navigator. Edwards spent two years raising money and remortgaged her house to help finance the purchase of Maiden, the yacht that her team would sail 33,000 mile to win two of the six legs of the race. Maiden is now traveling the world with a crew of women, raising funds for girls’ education, and Edwards is the subject of the documentary Maiden. 

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Alex Pisauro

Communications Associate, GQ Glamour

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