This Week in Women: A New Feminist Revolution
Today the tone of America changed forever (or at least, for the next four years), as Donald Trump was inaugurated into the nation’s highest office. It’s a day that we’ve discussed at length since that fateful election day in November, and the shift in America’s political climate has impacted more than just Washington, D.C. Numerous polls are showing that we are a nation of unrest, and as Trump’s disapproval numbers climb to 52 percent (based on how he has handled his transition), it’s unclear as to how the country will react moving forward.
While it’s true that we saw this day coming like a dark storm cloud on the horizon, now is not the time for complacency or hibernation; it is the time for action, gathering your tribe, advocating for causes, and speaking up against legislative policies that compromise our core beliefs on human rights, gender equality, and a right to reproductive healthcare access. As President Obama said in his farewell speech, “Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.” Without further ado, it’s time for This Week in Women!
The History of Planned Parenthood
NowThis dropped a video entitled “The History of 100 Years of Women’s Health Care at Planned Parenthood,” on Tuesday, January 17th, to immediate praise. And the narrator lineup? Stacked, with the likes of Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Tessa Thompson, Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep, and Jennifer Lawrence (among many others). J.J. Abrams is credited as the executive producer.
The animated YouTube film shares the story of Planned Parenthood founder and women’s rights activist, Margaret Sanger, who left behind a full legacy of social change. She is quoted as saying, “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.”
Sanger began her career as a nurse and was moved to share information about effective birth control and reproductive health after caring for a woman who died from a bungled abortion procedure. As one of the most ardent and active voices of women’s rights in the 20th century, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for this informative film, which artfully shows seemingly insurmountable obstacles being overcome by determination, empathy, and advocacy.
The Women’s March on Washington
Tomorrow morning, millions of people at home and abroad will link arms, unite together, and exercise their rights to organize, assemble, and protest. The Women’s March on Washington has over 1.3 million marchers confirmed in 57 countries worldwide, along with 616 registered sister marches planned both in the United States and overseas.
A full roster of speakers will also be presenting at this highly publicized Washington, D.C. event, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, as well as America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Michael Moore, Gloria Steinem, Scarlett Johansson, and more.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) January 19, 2017
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) January 14, 2017
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 19, 2017
Meanwhile, Amplifier Foundation (the “art machine for social change”) has raised over $1.3 million in what has become a viral Kickstarter campaign. “Eight years ago, the artist Shepard Fairey made the iconic image that captured a period of HOPE in America,” said Amplifier Foundation in an official statement. “Today we are in a very different moment, one that requires new images that reject the hate, fear, and open racism that were normalized during the 2016 presidential campaign. So on Inauguration Day, We the People will flood Washington, D.C. with NEW symbols of hope.”
Featured image via Los Angeles Times
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