Lesley Gore’s iconic song, “You Don’t Own Me,” may have been ahead of its time, but the singer worries that may still be the case. Dozens of women got together to show what the song is really about.
Gore’s song was a feminist anthem of its time, released 50 years ago. But Gore wants women and girls today to remember what it’s really about, so she teamed up with actresses, singers and other women to bring the issue to light once again.
Gore introduced the video, which included appearances by some famous faces like Lena Dunham, Natasha Lyonne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alexa Chung, Carrie Brownstein, Rachel Antonoff and Sia. Dunham, and many of the other women in the video, have been outspoken in the past about women’s rights and they have been inspiring others in the process.
The creators of the video are hoping to not just start a conversation, but start a movement.
“It’s not enough to vote — we have to vote like our futures are on the line because they are. That means you vote, but you also talk about voting. You post about voting. You bring some pals to the polls,” the Vimeo page read. “There is a war being waged on women’s rights and we must fight back with everything we’ve got. Please VOTE on Nov.4th!”
Throughout the video, statements urging women to take a stand were played and explained the statistics on women who vote — and why it is so important now.
“Your vote matters, especially when some people plan to overturn Roe vs. Wade, immediately de-fund Planned Parenthood, shut down the nation’s family planning program and repeal the affordable care acts,” the video said. “Let’s send a clear message on Nov. 4. We will not go backwards!
“When women vote, women win.”
The video ends with Lesley Gore urging women to vote in November, saying, “Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together, get out there and vote, and protect our bodies,” Gore says. “They’re ours.”