“I am Woman Hear Me Roar,” sings Helen Reddy and America Ferrera ROARED.
The Washington D.C. march was the largest of all the women’s marches with an estimated half a million people in attendance. This does not distract from all the men and women that marched throughout the world. Its numbers surpassed Donald Trump’s inauguration numbers.
Here is her speech:
‘It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country.’
‘Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack.
‘But the President is not America.
‘His Cabinet is not America.
‘Congress is not America.
‘We are America.’
Ferrera goes on to reject Trump’s demonization of minority groups, including Muslims, African Americans, Planned Parenthood and LGBTI people.
She talked about the importance of intersectionality and coming together to embrace our differences in times of need.
Ferrera said: ‘We will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards.’
‘If we stand together, steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance at saving the soul of our country,’ she says.
Other speakers on the day included Ashley Judd, Janet Mock, Michael Moore, Scarlett Johansson and Gloria Steinem.
America Ferrera: Actress, turned activist
America Ferrera has been a long time campaigner for human rights.
She won the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Global Women’s Rights last year.
In her acceptance speech for the award last year, she said: ‘It was life-changing, to know that what I love to do and the talent that I had so desperately wanted to express had the potential to be a tool.
‘A tool for helping other people find their voices.
‘It was then that I went from wanting to be a famous, successful actress to wanting my work to matter.’