Oprah Winfrey, Issa Rae and Chadwick Boseman Among 140 Other Giants To Sign Letter On Gender Equality
Although Auntie O killed it in a Stella McCartney blush pink dress for the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle nuptials over the weekend, she returned bright and early in true Oprah fashion this morning with a message to political leaders.
According to Deadline, she is among 140 entertainment giants who penned an open letter to international political heavyweights about the need to end gender inequality. Led by International Charity ONE, she and other stars like Issa Rae, Chadwick Boseman, and Thandie Newton are using their voices to urge the powers-that-be to address and solve problems of education disparity, unequal pay, and poverty among women. And when it comes to the latter, they simply say it is “sexist.”
“There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty. Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked,” it reads.
Other stars involved include Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright, and actors Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Schumer, and Michael Sheen. The letter calls on the most powerful to enact history-making changes that positively effect women. And if those changes are not implemented, then each signatory will hold them accountable. Can you imagine being scolded by Oprah?
“You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress,” it states.
While it’s great that so many Hollywood movers-and-shakers are requesting the political sphere to move faster on working on behalf of all women, don’t get it twisted. Oprah & Co. are doing their part as well.
As we reported at the beginning of the year, the Time’s Up Campaign also addresses these issues, but it focuses more on sexual harassment in the workplace. Stars like Oprah and Ava DuVernay have helped promote and fund a legal defense pool for women who would like to sue those who have sexually harassed them. Because women generally make less money than men, they’re more unlikely to pursue a legal case against their perpetrator because they simply can’t afford it.
So, with the Time’s Up Campaign, the open letter, and of course, the #MeToo movement, it seems like we women have all bases covered. However, it remains to be seen whether we will be able to hit any home runs with these efforts. What do you think?
Here is the full text from the open letter below.
“Dear World leaders,
We’re putting you on notice.
For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.
There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.
Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.
You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.
We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere.
Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.”
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford