During her speech at the Women in the World Summit on Friday, the actress, 66, put her own spin on the lyrics of “The Room Where it Happens” from Broadway hit Hamilton.
“All of a sudden we’re in the room where it happens…women are suddenly in the room where it happens,” Streep sang.
The moment came after the Ricki and the Flash star spoke passionately about how long it’s taken women to get to the point where they’re able to make things happen, reminding the audience that “it’s all very, very, very, very recent. Only a hundred, a little bit more than a hundred years ago. Which is a fraction of a millisecond on the whole human clock.”
Streep hasn’t shied away from offering her viewpoint on equality in the past, telling Time Out London last year that she actually considers herself “a humanist,” as opposed to a feminist, but still shares similar sentiments.
“Men should look at the world as if something is wrong when their voices predominate,” the Oscar winner added. “They should feel it. People at agencies and studios, including the parent boards, might look around the table at the decision-making level and feel something is wrong if half their participants are not women. Because our tastes are different, what we value is different. Not better, different.”