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Blake Lively has a powerful message for young women everywhere

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The result of the US presidential election left many people feeling shocked, distressed, and fearful for their futures. And young women, in particular, were devastated when America selected an elderly reality star accused of sexual assault to be their President-elect – especially when his opposition had been Hillary Clinton, an experienced politician and fierce advocate for women’s rights.

Many women in the public eye, including Clinton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Watson, have since offered words of advice and encouragement to their sisters all over the United States, and the world.

Now Blake Lively has joined them in reaching out to discouraged young women everywhere – and, in particular, her own two children (her daughter, James, turns two in December).


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Speaking to ELLE.com on the red carpet, the 29 year old said: “Just use your voice. Don't let anybody silence you, ever.

“It's about spreading love, you know? Because that's the easy thing to do right now, to say—women, you get angry or you get upset or you get hurt and you want to lash out, but what we're combating is hate. So it's about spreading love and using your voice.”

The Age of Adeline actor added that she intends to remain a good role model to her children.


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“You just have to set an example, you know? It's so important,” she said. “In times like this you can either curl up and be really depressed about the state of communities that are underserved, or you can set that example for your children.

“You just have to figure out how; that's the hardest thing. If somebody just had a playbook and they said, 'this is what do,' but it's about making that extra bit of effort.”

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

It seems safe to say that Trump has already begun waging war on womankind, as, when asked by CBS’s Lesley Stahl earlier this week about his vision for the Supreme Court and abortion rights, he responded with a common pro-life wish:

“It would go back to the states,” Trump said, if Roe v. Wade, the court decision that legalized abortion, were overturned.

“Yeah, but then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?” Stahl asked.

“Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump responded.


Read more: An open letter to our daughters after Trump’s election victory


Amy Schumer, an avid Clinton supporter, has – just like Lively and other women in the public eye – spoken out since Trump’s election.

However the comedian did not sugar-coat her words, choosing to slam Trump supporters rather than offer advice to dejected Clinton fans.

“People who voted for him, you are weak. You are not just misinformed,” she said in an Instagram post. 

“You didn't even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue.” 

“Well, I'll tell you if you were able to read this far through the holes in your sheet. They said nothing incriminating. Nothing.”

First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest. Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news. Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now. Like everyone else I am horrified that people believed these bumper sticker slogans filled with hate he spewed. People who voted for him you are weak. You are not just misinformed. You didn't even attempt information. You say lock her up and you know something about the word email but what was in the emails? You have no clue. Well I'll tell you if you were able to read this far through the holes in your sheet. They said nothing incriminating. Nothing. She dedicated her entire life to public service and got our children Heath care and education without discrimination. he didn't pay his workers. Started a fake college. Ripped people off. Never paid his taxes and sexually assaulted women and on and on She would have taken care of us. I personally would have had to pay higher taxes. All the celebrities backing her would have. People asked how much I was paid to stand with her. Nothing. None of us were paid a dollar. We would have had to pay a lot more because we are fortunate enough to make a high income. But we all wanted to do it to take care of the people in need. She was fighting to take care of you kicking and screaming babies. Yelling about emails you know nothing about and not liking her clothes or her hair she wanted to protect you even you. Well you've gotten what you asked for and now you can watch the sky open up. Literally. I am furious. I cry for her and for all the smart people I love who know what's right and I cry for you people who fell for shiny hats and reality catch phrases. She would have protected you. Today we grieve tomorrow we begin again. Yes this quote is fake but it doesn't matter

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She added: “I am furious. I cry for [Clinton] and for all the smart people I love who know what's right and I cry for you people who fell for shiny hats and reality catch phrases. She would have protected you.”

On 20 January 2017, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

He will replace Barack Obama in the White House, but not before he swears an oath to the people of America.

It is predicted to go something along the lines of: “I Donald J Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

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