In the latest edition of her Lenny newsletter, Lena Dunham presents an animated short film titled 100 Years that chronicles the history of Planned Parenthood as the organization reaches its centennial anniversary. Dunham made the short film in collaboration with Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, America Ferrera, Constance Wu, Mindy Kaling, Hari Nef, Tessa Thompson, Alex Ronan, Kirsten Lepore, and J.J. Abrams, among others. Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed that as part of the Obamacare repeal Republicans are promising, the GOP will strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding — just the latest attack on the group that provides an array of women’s health services to millions around the U.S.
Dunham told subscribers to her newsletter about a visit she paid to Planned Parenthood’s national offices in New York City last week. “What impressed me most was how hard Planned Parenthood works, even in its hundredth year, to keep learning and changing,” Dunham wrote. “Attacks can harden us, make us into angry little mollusks hiding deep in the sand. But Planned Parenthood spends every day thinking critically and working to do better, staying open despite how hard the world tries to shut them down. Its leaders fight complacency in the world, and they never stop fighting it within themselves. That’s a lesson we can all use.”
Below, watch the full video, which, after its release late Monday night on social media, had racked up nearly half a million views by mid-day on Tuesday.