On January 21, 2016, at the Women’s March in Washington D.C., Ashley Judd gave an incredible speech. She recited an impassioned poem about nasty women.
Just one day after Trump was sworn into office, women took to the streets. They aimed to raise everyone’s awareness of women’s rights. She also stressed equality for minorities and the LGBT community.
“I am nasty woman.
I’m not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust. A man whose words are a diss track to America. An electoral college sanctioned, hate-speech contaminating this national anthem,”
I’m not as nasty as Confederate flags being tattooed across my city. Maybe the South actually is gonna rise again. Maybe for some it never really fell. Blacks are still in shackles and graves just for being black. Slavery has been reinterpreted as the prison system in front of people, who see melanin as animal skin.
I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a Pride flag and I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee. Nazis renamed the cabinet electric conversion therapy, the new gas chamber shaming the gay out of America turning rainbows into suicide notes,”
Ashley recited a poem, entitled “I Am a Nasty Woman” by 19-year-old Nina Donovan from Tennessee. The words from the poem were truly powerful and fiery.
That day was powerful, filled with awe-inspiring speeches such as one delivered by America Ferrera. Ordinary women and celebrities flooded social media and the streets with empowering words for women. Jennifer Lawrence even shared on her Facebook page that everyone should fight for equality and for women’s rights to control their own bodies. She also thanked all who are taking action. According to the Associated Press, there were 500,000 women who marched in Washington D.C. that day. It was more than twice the number they expected. This only proved that many people are aware of their rights. They know that they must fight for these rights, regardless of who steps on them.