The Women's March on Washington this weekend brought together millions of people in cities around the world, far beyond the hometown of the White House, to take a stance on women's rights on Mr. Donald Trump's first week in office. Not only has the new American President repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment and been recorded boasting about groping women, but his new government is already a threat to institutions such as Planned Parenthood — an organization offering not just access to abortions, like many believe, but crucial information about contraception and general health.
The importance of preserving a space for open discussion about sexuality, among other basic human rights that women still seem to be deprived of, encouraged many to march, and celebrities took the opportunity to stand up for change. #ScarlettJohansson, whose character Black Widow still hasn't gotten her own film over at #Marvel Studios, gave a passionate speech about Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C.
'Support My Sister, Support My Mother, Support My Best Friend And All Of Our Mothers'
With many Trump supporters angry that people wouldn't respect the fact that he'd been elected, Johansson cautioned that she wanted to support him — if only she like herself, her daughter and her girlfriends wouldn't lose any rights in the process:
"President Trump, I did not vote for you. That said, I respect that you are our President-Elect and I want to be able to support you. But first, I ask that you support me. Support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend and all of our girlfriends, support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next moves may drastically affect their lives."
She called out to him as a father:
"Support my daughter, who may actually — as a result of the appointments you have made — grow up in a country that is moving backwards, not forwards, and who potentially may not have the right to make choices for her body and her future that your daughter Ivanka has been privileged to have."
No Judgment, No Questions Asked: The Importance Of Organizations Such As Planned Parenthood
While abortion was a touchy subject during the March — the event being openly pro-choice led some women to complain that they felt out of place — the actress didn't linger on the topic, reminding everyone that Planned Parenthood is about much more than that.
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Most importantly, it's a space where young women and men, if they ever feel lost or don't find the support they need in their own lives, can turn to ask all the questions they've ever dreamed of asking about their sexuality. Beyond that, they also provide essential healthcare services, from annual checkups to cancer screenings.
"No judgment, no questions asked, Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance. Now, I may have been 15 and surprisingly self-sufficient, but I bet there isn't one person here who has not been helped by Planned Parenthood, directly or otherwise. When I knew I was coming to speak on behalf of women's reproductive and health issues, every single one of my girlfriends had a story about Planned Parenthood."
Johansson concluded her speech with one very simple and powerful statement:
"There are very real and devastating consequences to limiting access to what should be considered basic healthcare."
The lovely ScarJo will next be starring in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell — watch the trailer below:
Are you happy to see that celebrities showed up at the Women's March, or do you think it doesn't matter?