"This is what you get when you play a world leader," Streep said, placing her Oscar for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady onto the podium. "But if you want a real world leader, and you're really, really, lucky, this is what you get!"
After thanking Streep for her glowing introduction, Clinton addressed the eager crowd. "We do, unfortunately, throughout our lives as girls and women, often cast an appraising eye," she said. "I'm just glad [Meryl] didn't do a movie called The Devil Wears Pantsuits!"
But it was Streep who pointed out that incessant skepticism of Clinton, largely because of her gender, hasn't held her back. "While we were busy relating to [Hillary], judging her, assessing her hair, supporting her, worrying about her, she's just been busy working. Doing it," she said. "Making [the] words 'Women's rights are human rights' into something every leader knows is a linchpin of American policy."
"I am an actress," Streep said. "And she is the real deal."