"My mom taught me as a kid that you can't let anyone limit you," she said. "Don't ever let anyone tell you what you can't do. So, I was always an ambitious kid, and I set a goal for myself and I knew that if I could accomplish this, that I would be successful and I would be happy."
One of her goals was to meet the Spice Girls, which she addressed by saying, "I still haven't accomplished it. But, what was so neat about them was that they were all so distinctly different and they were women and they owned who they were. And, that was my first introduction to girl power."
"The women nominated in this category...you guys didn't just vote for me, you voted for girl power," she continued. "Thank you for sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women and we want to hear your stories. Tell your stories, now more than ever. You need to be heard, you are valuable and no one can limit you."
Prior to taking the stage, Lively slayed the red carpet with her older sister, Robyn Lively. The Shallows star rocked a black long sleeve dress with beaded fringe from designer Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2017 collection.
Earlier this month, Lively attended the 2017 Golden Globes to support her husband, Ryan Reynolds, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for his role in Deadpool.
For more on their adorable date night, watch the video below.