On the anniversary of American president Donald Trump’s inauguration, demonstrators marched to denounce his views on immigration, abortion, LGBT and women’s rights in support of female empowerment.
According to Hindustan Times, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis and Scarlett Johannson, among other celebrities, addressed the crowd of thousands of protesters.
Desperate Housewives starlet Longoria told marchers that their presence matters especially at a time when people in power seem to have turned their back on reason and justice.
Academy Award winner, Portman also talked about being sexualised in the industry. She stated that it started when she did her first film Leon: The Professional at 13 years of age, adding that the first fan letter she received was from a man with a “rape fantasy”. Later, a local radio show run a countdown to her turning 18, making her “legal to sleep with.”
Sharing her traumatic experience, the Black Swan actor said, “Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews. I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”
Late last year, Olivia Munn also revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse by director Brett Ratner. Talking to Los Angeles Times, Munn stated, “I feel so much love and support, and it’s not just me that feels this way. There’s been a collective unconscious in the world that’s gone on for too long, where it’s been made to seem as if women are inferior to men. Our voices matter now; I’m so thankful and grateful that they do.”
The most influential people in my life have always been women. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn't change it for the world. I hope I'm not only defined by my gender though. I hope I'm defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. I want what's best for people, I think we all do. We just can't agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people x #womensmarch2018
Grammy award winner, Adele also joined the protest with friends, Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz. The Hello singer shared, “The most influential people in my life have always been women. I adore them and need them more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender but also by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is.”
12 Years a Slave actor, Alfre Woodard requested everyone to register and vote while Davis spoke about the country’s history of discrimination and her past as a sexual assault survivor.
However, Johansson in her speech wanted to address one particular man. Talking of James Franco who was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, Johansson claimed, “My mind baffles — how could a person publicly stand by an organisation that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?”
The march was held in different parts of the US. In Park City, Utah Jane Fonda and Gloria Alled joined the march. In New Jersey, the state’s new first lady, Tammy Murphy also told the crowd that she was also a victim of sexual violence.
In Palm Beach, Florida a group of young women wore red cloaks and white hats like the characters of The Handmaid’s Tale and marched in formation with their heads bowed down.
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