Anyone searching for female power would have found a flood of it at Glamour’s three-hour-long Women of the Year Awards, held on Monday night at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn.
Beneath an ornate ceiling, one accomplished woman after another took the stage, encouraging the audience to do more, to aim higher and to fear less. It was like thumbing through an all-star issue of Glamour magazine.
Drew Barrymore spoke off-the-cuff about her friend Samantha Bee, the late-night host and an honoree. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “We Should All Be Feminists,” introduced Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female creative director of Dior, who used the title of Ms. Adichie’s book on T-shirts in her first collection for the label.
Nicole Kidman accepted her award from Sofia Coppola, who recently directed Ms. Kidman in “The Beguiled,” a movie with a mostly female cast.
Only two men graced the stage: the comedian Billy Eichner, who proclaimed himself “the only decent man in Hollywood,” and the musician Nick Jonas, who was received with raucous adulation by the high school students in attendance.
Maxine Waters, the California congresswoman whom teenagers and 20-somethings have nicknamed “Auntie Maxine,” also received a roaring welcome. Ms. Waters implored young women to not be afraid. “I don’t want you to be intimidated by anything or anyone,” she said. “I want you to do everything you can to get ready to run for office.”