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Saturday Night Live‘s Sasheer Zamata is partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as their new celebrity ambassador on women’s rights.
Zamata, who was recently promoted to a repertory player for her third season of SNL, will be supporting the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, the organization tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. She will use advocacy and public education to “fight gender inequality and structural discrimination against women in employment, education, health care, housing and criminal justice.”
The comedian says, “It’s so wonderful that women continue to break down barriers and change societal expectations, but women still suffer discrimination for their gender, class and race.” In her statement, she adds, “I am honored to continue the fight for equal economic opportunities, the right to choose and an end to gender-based violence by serving as an ACLU Celebrity Ambassador.”
Zamata and the ACLU released a video about the privilege and gender inequality. In the video Zamata shows Sean Kleier of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out how pervasive discrimination is in our society. She gets cat-called, searched by a police and ignored as a feminist while an oblivious Kleier walks alongside her.
“We are thrilled to name Sasheer Zamata as our newest celebrity ambassador,” says Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “She is the perfect voice for the next generation, and especially for those looking to effect real and lasting change on women’s rights issues.”
Zamata joins fellow ACLU celebrity ambassadors Harry Belafonte, Michael K. Williams, Lewis Black, Marlee Matlin and others in their civil rights work.
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