Jennifer Lopez and Hillary Clinton: Could there be a more perfect pairing for a music video? In the new video for her single “Ain’t Your Mama,” J.Lo takes her empowering lyrics to a new level by sampling the then-first lady’s famous 1995 United Nations speech.
“Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all,” Clinton says while Lopez sits at a news desk and a stylist attempts to dry her hair. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America. This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution.”
Then, Lopez gives her own State of the Union. “Look, I don’t have to tell you things are bad,” she says. “Everybody knows things are bad. Taken for granted, ignored, overlooked, underappreciated. We have a big, big problem, ladies. First, you’ve got to get mad.”
She also seems to have gotten some inspiration from Mad Men. Lopez dresses as a Betty Draper-style ’50s housewife and an early-season Peggy Olsen-style secretary. She also channels a Rosie the Riveter factory worker.
The whole thing ends with Lopez organizing a women’s march — in fabulous thigh-high Manolo Blahnik boots — that, of course, ends with a classic J.Lo dance breakdown. How else would a women’s march end? If only achieving gender equality was as easy as doing J.Lo’s choreography in thigh-high boots.