Jack Layton was a Canadian politician who co-founded the White Ribbon Campaign: Working to End Violence Against Women. It now operates in more than sixty countries.
Layton believed so strongly in the cause that in 1992: Layton offered to put his house up as collateral for a loan to provide financial assistance to the White Ribbon Campaign.
WE fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment need to show the same focus and long term investment in the cause for all people in our country. Everyone benefits when women get equal pay. I am happy for the people such as Layton who came before me, allowing me to use the platform I have as an artist to continue to fight for women’s rights.
Recently Random House has put out a book, have a look at the review here …
Hope is Better than Fear, by Various (Random House of Canada, 2011; $6.99);
Also feel free to check out another written memorial. One Spark Remembers
Please DO send me any suggestions you may have for similar voices of feminism.
An outstandingly unique and detailed focused artist herself, Vanessa Beecroft collaborates with the one and only Mr. Kanye West. Similar to my self, she is passionate about what she does and wants to get her message and statement(s) KNOWN.
Its rare to find someone who had such a profound impact on contemporary pop culture. SO, who better for Vanessa to work with but Kanye West? Beyond his music, he has a unique style for fashion, that coincides with Beecroft visions.
The two are making a mark on both fashion and art, illuminating pop culture and new trends. We should all be inspired by their dedication and the vision they had that came to life during this collaboration!
I feel strongly that if you have a passion, you should vocalize it. Pursue what you are passionate about, and make it known! Let us move forward with inspiration and high hopes with our own visions!
John Brendan Guinan is a Washington, D.C based contemporary artist. His paintings are deeply personal & raw, most notably the solo exhibition at the Artery Gallery in New York ‘The Art of Mourning’, chronicling the decline in health and eventual passing of his father, social justice activist John Edward.
John recently opened the Guinean Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in D.C, his work can be viewed at http://www.johnbrendanguinan.com, on Facebook and Instagram.
This summer, The ERA coalition, led by Donna Deitch, Jessica Neuwirth and Jane Fonda are launching a series of 60-second PSAs showcasing the importance of the ERA.
Modern television icon, Laverne Cox of Orange Is The New Black, will be starring in The PSA Project. She has become a leading face in the recent trans rights movement after being the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine. Her candid, graceful, open and honest demeanour give a continuous source of hope and inspiration for countless trans people across the world who either feel like they don’t belong or are struggling to love themselves. Her voice also holds significant value as a feminist for creating open dialogue about intersectionality and gender identity.
Another Orange Is The New Black star, Taylor Schilling has been a supporting member of the ERA coalition for quite some time. She also lends her support to the the Time For Change foundation, as well as using her platform to speak up about the importance of Black Lives Matter.
“There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience … If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence.”
-Laverne Cox, ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’ by Katy Steinmetz, TIME Magazine (May 2014)
“Gender equality isn’t just about women. It’s about a world with equal opportunity for all. I support #ERANow’
– Taylor Schilling for ‘Equal Means Equal’ (June 2015)
“Feminism often has a negative connotation, and I am always working towards changing that mindset.” JF
“You want it to be about men as well. It should be about the whole species.” LT
-Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin by Sasha Bronner, Huffington Post (May 2015)
Read Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth
More info on The PSA Project HERE
Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, political commentator and activist. His PBS Show Tavis Smiley covers a range of political issues and movements such as Black Lives Matter and Pro-Choice. In 1999 he founded The Tavis Smiley Foundation, which was created to empower develop leadership programs for youth.
Rep. Jackie Speier is U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district. She is an avid supporter of the ERA, member of The Feminist Majority and tirelessly campaigns for the ratification deadline to be removed from the ERA.
Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Tony & Grammy winning actor most recognizable for her role in HBO’s Sex & The City. She is an outspoken feminist, pro-choice & LGBTQ+ activist. Nixon was a staunch advocate for the marriage equality movement who famously announced her engagement at an equality rally in New York in 2009 to now-wife Christine Marinoni.
Lynn Nottage is a Playwright who’s work deals with heavy hitting social issues. Pulitzer prize winning Ruined deals with issues of rape, sexual slavery and the plight of women in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark was an Off-Broadway play that chronicled the story of Vera Stark, an African-American maid who becomes a star Off-Broadway.
Rosie O’Donnell is a comedian, actress and television personality who rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s and went on to host The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 – 2002. She came out soon before the show ended to bring attention to issues involving adoption for gay couples and has since gone on to become a foster and adoptive mother.
Daphne Zuniga is an actress primarily known for her work on Melrose Place & One Tree Hill. She also appeared in the feminist documentary Miss Representation, which tells the story of female struggle in a male-dominated society.
Robin Wright is an actress and director who is currently starring in the Netflix series House of Cards. Wright has been vocal about the pay gap in America and recently spoke about the pay inequality within House of Cards between herself and co-star Kevin Spacey.
Joss Whedon is a screenwriter, film & television director, comic book author and composer. He is most well known as the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which has built a legacy as an important feminist cultural phenomenon.
Sam Waterson is an actor, producer and director who is recognizable as the face of the original Law & Order series. He appeared alongside ERA coalition members Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the feminist-centric Netflix series Grace & Frankie, about two men who leave their wives for each other and the subsequent friendship the women forge with each other.
Marlo Thomas is an actress and social activist who is known for her role on sitcom That Girl during the late 1960’s and her project Free to Be… You and Me, a feminist children’s franchise which included an illustrated book, an ABC special and an album which featured stars such as Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.