Sarah Silverman is keeping up the good fight for women’s rights, and last night she co-hosted Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose — an online telethon all about women’s rights and stopping the attacks on women’s healthcare in Texas.
Early in the day, she Tweeted:
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 18, 2013
Sarah hosted the event with “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead and money raised benefited The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Texas Equal Access Fund, Whole Woman’s Health and Fund Texas Women.
Part of the night was educating people on the importance of standing for women’s rights. Other parts were for entertainment for the audience, and included everything from singing, stand-up, poetry reading to some really raunchy comedy (but what else would you expect from something hosted by Sarah Silverman?). And when ’60s pop icon Lesley Gore gave a live performance of “You Don’t Own Me,” it about brought the house down.
But getting back to the serious talk, here are some things brought up during the event:
1. Because of women’s health clinics being shut down in Texas, some women now have to drive 16 HOURS just to see a doctor about reproductive issues. In order for a woman to cover all the costs (seeing the doc, gas prices, etc.), she’ll have to pay at least the equivalent of 11 days’ work if she earns minimum wage.
2. 1 in 3 women will get an abortion before she turns 45. Cultural stigma and politics keep many women from talking about their experiences with having this pretty common medical procedure.
3. Attacks on women’s reproductive rights are happening all over the country, stopping women from accessing birth control and abortion. Just this year 51 state laws have been enacted to prevent women from accessing their full scale of reproductive rights.
The evening ended with the announcement that about $50,000 had been raised to support Texas women’s reproductive rights, and promises were made that this sort of girl power will continue with a new, upcoming campaign called V to Shining V. As they say, sisterhood is powerful!
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