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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Alyssa Milano pens Women’s History Month Op/ed: “Immokalee workers’ laser focus on power is a lesson for us all..." Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Alyssa Milano pens Women’s History Month Op/ed: “Immokalee workers’ laser focus on power is a lesson for us all..."
“When women look back on their history fifty years from now, the Fair Food Program will be a chapter in that history. But we all need to take a page from the Immokalee workers’ book across all work environments, including and starting with the entertainment industry.
We can eradicate sexual harassment and violence for the next generation. All we have to do is make it bad for business.”
On International Women’s Day, in The Wrap (one of the entertainment industry’s leading news sources), actress, activist and stalwart friend of the Fair Food movement, Alyssa Milano, published a powerful op/ed celebrating the award-winning Fair Food Program in recognition of Women’s History Month. Alyssa’s article lays out the vital lessons that all industries, “including and starting with the entertainment industry,” should take from the CIW’s successful eradication of sexual harassment and assault in U.S. fields.
It’s a wonderful article -- so good, in fact, that rather than select an excerpt or two, we are providing the article in full here below. Enjoy, and see you in the streets of Gainesville tomorrow!
This Women’s History Month, Let’s Celebrate the Women Making History Today.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the rich legacy of women whose courageous efforts for equality secured the many gains that we take for granted today. It is a time to remember just how hard-fought those battles were, and just how backward life was for our mothers and grandmothers, not so long ago.
But while much has been won for women over the past century, much remains to be done if we are to be truly equal. Pay, power, and the right to live free of violence are just a few of the fronts on which we have a long way to go. The widespread abuses that women have long faced in Hollywood – and many, many other industries in California and beyond – have been broadly exposed by the #MeToo movement, and now more than ever, we are seeking real, systemic solutions to these present-day challenges.
That’s why this Women’s History Month, I want to take a moment to reflect on the women who are making history today — the women whose fearless battles will inspire the next generation. The women whose efforts will make our daughters’ and granddaughters’ lives measurably better than ours today.
And I’ll start with some unsung heroes of the #MeToo movement: the farmworker women of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their groundbreaking Fair Food Program...