You Can Take Away Our Rights, But These Women’s Voices Won’t Be Silenced

Women all over the country are making their voices heard in opposition to Donald Trump’s apparent disregard for their rights, but that’s not the only thing American women are speaking out on. Contrary to popular belief, most female activists aren’t only there to take men down a peg, rather we tend to care about injustice wherever we see it. Shocking, I know!

Since Trump officially took office two weeks ago, not much specific to women’s rights has actually come down the pipeline, but there has been plenty for women to speak out on. Of course, the hottest topic has been the “(not a) Muslim Ban.” Here are the powerful words of equally powerful women who are refusing to back down.


J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has completely earned her title as the un-official queen of Twitter takedowns and she’s been working hard to defend it now that Trump has taken office with Mike Pence at his side. I don’t know why I’m surprised that J.K. decided to go after Pence instead of Trump himself (she is a novelist, after all—can’t forget those secondary characters, am I right?), but I’m so glad that she did.

Rowling Tweet about Pence
CREDIT: Twitter @jk_rowling

Lest we forget that Pence, the “good-hearted, conservative, Christian” boy from Indiana who is overly concerned with my uterus (and yours! Yours, too!), used to viciously oppose Trump (and still kind of undermines him at all turns), Rowling reminded us all by turning his own bible against him.

Damn, Ms. Rowling goes for the jugular, am I right? There’s something about highlighting the hypocrisy of men who want to use religion to control others by using that religion against them that brings me so much joy.

Taraji P. Henson and the Cast of Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson gave a powerful speech at the SAG Awards on behalf of the cast of Hidden Figures (which is about the three forgotten black women who worked at NASA and got us into space, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet). Her moving words about the power of unity and putting aside the superficial differences that work to divide us to “come together as a human race” reached a poignant and timely conclusion. When we do these things, “we win,” she said. “Love wins every time.”

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen Donald Trump Unwell Tweet
CREDIT: Twitter @chrissyteigen

Chrissy Teigen has proved time and time again that she is a national treasure who gives approximately zero f***s about literally anything any haters have ever said to her. Although she made her Twitter private (only those following her can see her tweets or comment on them), she kept it 100 all through the election and isn’t backing down an inch now that Trump’s in office. She doesn’t mince words and she speaks her mind.

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CREDIT: Twitter @chrissyteigen

Side note: I think I might be in love with Chrissy Teigen.

Ellen DeGeneres

I don’t think that there is much I can say to make Ellen’s comments more poignant. Just watch the video and appreciate the profound power of comedy to make a difference.

The Cast of Orange is the New Black

Last week’s SAG Awards turned out to be quite a popular place for people to speak out. The cast of Netflix’s super popular Orange is the New Black also used their time on stage to speak more pointedly about their concerns over the Trump administration. It’s unsurprising given the fact that OITNB deals heavily with issues of race and justice. While Taylor Schilling didn’t call him out by name, she and her fellow cast members used their time to highlight their diversity and the power of bringing people from varying backgrounds together by telling their stories.

P.S. Don’t they seem like the cutest, most loving cast ever?

Jenna Bush Hager

Even former political children are getting involved—and conservative ones at that. Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager added her voice to the mix on Twitter by invoking the words of her father to illustrate just how far American policy has strayed since the George W. Bush administration. While many liberal Americans regarded Bush’s presidency as a disaster, I think we can all get behind the sentiments of his now-iconic post-9/11 speech and the enduring relevance of his words. And big ups to Jenna Bush for speaking out despite her conservative political past!

Kerry Washington

Scandal might be on hiatus right now, but Kerry Washington channeled her onscreen persona, Olivia Pope, in her “I am an actor” introduction at the SAG Awards. She slammed the haters who have been telling the “Hollywood Elite” to keep their mouths shut about politics (FYI to those people, you literally put a “Hollywood Elite” in the White House, just like, so you know). Washington just needed a white hat to match her white dress and she would have been full Pope… Which is honestly what we need right now. It’s fine though, I have faith that with women like Kerry Washington speaking out, Trump will never silence us.

But, also, Kerry… If you do see Olivia Pope, let her know we could use a whole lot of fixing right now.