Some movie stars are not only artists but also work to create immaculate change and offer things to their community, their country, and their world. It’s the idea that someone with a voice will use it for good, and someone like Jane Fonda has taken advantage of that. With her career spanning over 50 years and she’s still on top of her game, we discuss some of the top reasons why we love her so much and why you should too.
1. Her Intersectional Feminism
Fonda has been known to be outspoken when it comes to activism and her notions on what is right and what is not. She’s always been involved in activism, but 2017 seemed like a year it bloomed more than ever. During an interview, she was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and what she thought about the bell that was finally ringing throughout Hollywood. “It feels different. It’s too bad because it’s probably because Harvey Weinstein assaulted so many women that are famous and white, and everybody knows them. This has been going on a long time to Black women and other women of color, and it doesn’t get out quite the same.”
During the 1970s, Fonda was also a supporter of the Black Panther Party and movement. She once said: “Revolution is an act of love; we are the children of the revolution, born to be rebels. It runs in our blood.” She called the Black Panthers “our revolutionary vanguard … we must support them with love, money, propaganda, and risk.”
2. Her opposition to the Vietnam War and Iraq War
Fonda is notably famous for her resistance against the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. She profoundly believed in the Civil Rights Movement and actively participated in protests and news conferences regarding the subject. She did not shy away from questions regarding her beliefs and stood firmly with her opinions on the government and the people in power at the time. Other actors now credit her a hero for her actions back in the 1970s, having the guts to fight for what’s right.
3. She started The Woman’s Media Centre with Queen Gloria Steinem
Fonda co-founded the Women’s Media Centre with Gloria Steinem. It’s a non for profit organization that focuses on the role media plays in how we see women and how we see ourselves. Their website ‘About Me’ states: “….decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told, and their voices are heard. To reach those necessary goals, we strategically use an array of interconnected channels and platforms to transform not only the media landscape but also a culture in which women’s and girls’ voices, stories, experiences, and images are neither sufficiently amplified nor placed on par with the voices, stories, experiences, and images of men and boys.”
4. Her Boldness
Jane has not given a fuck. She’s bounced dumb sexist questions about her plastic surgery and changed topics to more important issues when she wanted to. She’s not afraid of talking about what she believes in, and her genuine concern shows through. Even though she’s been a Hollywood icon for so many years, there’s a humility and warmness associated with her that does not feel fake or conjured up.
5. Her representation of women on television and in the media
Currently, Fonda stars in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. It’s a great show which finally features women over the age of 60. Not many shows have two starring elderly ladies. This representation is just part of what makes Fonda so great. Her talent, passion, and relatability have given a voice to a generation on television we do not hear a lot from or see a lot of.
We love you, Jane Fonda. And we thank you too. Keep fighting the good fight.