Amy Brenneman Hopes Trump's "Bald-Faced Misogyny Will Be Galvanizing" at Global Women's Rights Awards
America Ferrera also was honored at the event co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno. Said Brenneman: "Abortion’s been a political football forever, but if everybody voted who Donald Trump has marginalized and pissed off, it would be the vast majority of Americans."
The 11th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards ceremony, presented by the Feminist Majority Foundation, took place Monday evening to honor The Leftovers star Amy Brenneman and Superstore actress America Ferrera for their involvement in women’s rights activism.
Both Ferrera and Brenneman opened the honoree speeches by saying, “This is what a feminist looks like.”
The ceremony also honored Dr. Karen Weaver, mayor of Flint, Mich., for her leadership during the Flint water crisis, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women, for her fight towards gender equality around the globe. The event was co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno.
Those in attendance took the opportunity to comment on the importance of fighting for women’s rights given the current political climate. Brenneman in particular commented on this importance in relation to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his stance on abortion.
“Abortion’s been a political football forever, but I think even beyond that, the bald-faced misogyny, the bald-faced racism, the bald-faced anti-immigrant stuff — it’s so shocking and so ugly, but hopefully it will be galvanizing because honestly, if everybody voted who Donald Trump has marginalized and pissed off, it would be the vast majority of Americans," Brenneman told The Hollywood Reporter. "This guy is going to deliver on what he promises as any candidate would. So know your issues, know your candidate.”
Most recently, the actress has been involved with the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt Texas abortion case put forth before the Supreme Court, wherein she and a group of eight other women shared personal stories on how abortion has allowed them to take control of their own lives.
Also in attendance at the ceremony, which took place at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Los Angeles and contained a theater full of people wearing ‘I’m a Feminist’ name tags, were Brenneman’s Private Practice co-star Kate Walsh and Parks and Recreation's Retta.
The event also saw Weaver receive a standing ovation from the audience while being awarded a check for $50,000 from the Feminist Majority Group Board members to continue to support Flint and its progress towards clean and healthy water.
Former Feminist Majority Group honoree and human rights activist Dolores Huerta also was at the ceremony, and presented Ferrera with her award.
“It makes it all the more surreal to be awarded this, by one of the only role models I had growing up who looked like me,” said the actress. “The power of seeing ourselves, being shown ourselves, being shown our own potential, as women ... it was life-changing to know that what I loved to do had the potential to be a tool for helping other people find their voices.”