Cate Blanchett didn't mince words at her InStyle Awards acceptance speech on Monday night.

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10.27.2017

This Week in Women: Cate Blanchett And #JusticeForJane

Justice is a sweet word in this week’s headlines. Whether it’s Cate Blanchett at the podium delivering a serious smackdown or the ACLU announcing victory in #JusticeForJane, we are applauding the tireless advocates who are using every platform at their disposal to advance women’s causes and voices. It’s time for This Week in Women!

Condé Nast And Several Major Fashion Brands Drop Terry Richardson

The fall out continues for the erstwhile photographer Terry Richardson, who has gained notoriety for his sexually explicit photography, as well as most significantly, his alleged history of sexual harassment and abuse. In the wake of the sweeping Weinstein take down and an industry on high alert, Richardson’s past is being scrutinized with renewed vigor as five women have come forward with stories of abuse. Richardson’s spokesperson maintains all subjects have “participated consensually.”

Condé Nast, as well as Valentino and Bulgari, have announced that they would not pursue or continue any future collaborations or work with Richardson. “Valentino’s last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017–there are no plans on a future campaign and, of course, take these allegations against Terry Richardson seriously,” a Valentino spokesperson shared with The Daily Beast.

#JusticeForJane Saga Reaches a Resolution, But The Fight Continues 

Last week we shared the story of an unaccompanied immigrant teenager in Texas who was seeking abortion medical services, and was being held against her will by a government-funded shelter. The controversy around not allowing Doe to move forward with the procedure, with over a month of government obstruction, was an affront to women’s civil liberties and rights to reproductive healthcare.

“My name is not Jane Doe, but I am a Jane Doe. I’m a 17-year-old girl that came to this country to make a better life for myself. My journey wasn’t easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of,” Doe expressed in a statement shared by her guardian. “While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion. Instead, they made me see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms. People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind. No one should be shamed for making the right decision for themselves.”

On Wednesday morning it was confirmed that Doe was able to proceed forward with the abortion procedure. “Justice prevailed today for Jane Doe. But make no mistake about it, the Administration’s efforts to interfere in women’s decisions won’t stop with Jane,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care. We will not stop fighting until we have justice for every woman like Jane.”

Cate Blanchett Doesn’t Mince Words at InStyle Awards 

We love Cate Blanchett for many reasons—her fearless fashion choices, her complex acting roles, and her unflinching thought leadership. On Monday night, Blanchett won over our hearts for the millionth time at the InStyle Awards 2017, where she accepted the “Style Icon” award. In her acceptance speech, Blanchett used her platform to deliver some wisdom about fashion and women’s expression. “For me, the true icons of style, and I think there’s a bit of a theme emerging here tonight, it’s that for me it’s always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology—whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non self-conscious way,” she explained. “Women who know how they look, it’s not all of who they are but just an extension of that, and it’s about women who feel free to wear what they want when they want and how they want to wear it.”

“Women like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to fuck you. No one says to Steve Bannon, ‘you look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?’ But the comments that get said about what women wear on the red carpet—I mean. If you troll through those trolls on the Internet, just don’t.”

Featured image via 9Honey

Stay tuned to Milk for more of This Week in Women and check out our previous installments here.

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