Scarlett Johansson is one of those rare stars who can express her passion for issues that affect the lives of people up and down the age spectrum. Her concern is that “we’re moving backward,” and she is right. The Neanderthal attitudes of Republicans in power toward women are pulling us back into the stony ages of the 1950s.
The do-nothing Republican-led Congress’ prioritization is beyond crazy. After all, what could be more important than setting up a bridge company to maintain and operate a toll bridge across the Rio Grande (S 2143) or renaming a Post Office (HR 4372), or maybe, setting up a Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (S 301)?
‘There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, “We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!”… It’s nuts.’
‘We’re talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers. Growing up, I used [PP’s] services. All my girlfriends did—not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams.’
‘You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.’
According to govtrack.us, this bill has a 51 percent chance of being enacted. Only about 21 percent of bills that made it past committee in 2013–2015 were enacted.
Then, there is the issue of equal pay for women. The actress said this:
‘There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole… I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage…’
‘I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.’
Check out what 20 well-known women, including Johansson, have to say about Planned Parenthood in the video below: