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.
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).
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.”