Scarlett Johansson graces the cover of the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, and the actress shared some wisdom about the importance of public activism — even when speaking up seems daunting, or frightening.
“Whenever you speak publicly, it’s always a risk, right?” she said. “Maybe you’ll lose some followers. But if you have something to say, it can be really impactful. I hope my daughter finds her voice and feels like she can engage anyone in any number of topics.”
One topic dear to Johansson’s heart is reproductive rights. She is an advocate for Planned Parenthood, and gave a moving speech about the organization during the Women’s March on Washington in January.
“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be talking about our reproductive rights,” Johansson said. “They’re something we have to fight for and continue to protect. There’s nothing icky about talking about that stuff. Of course, it’s private and it’s your body, but we should take the stigma away.”
When she appeared at the Women in the World New York Summit in April, Johansson said that she was inspired to activism by members of her family.
“My grandmother was fighting for tenants’ rights, and my mother used to take us to the voting booth,” she explained. “My twin brother was a field organizer for the Obama campaign and an early supporter of Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders. I believe change happens at home.” She also had some choice words for Ivanka Trump. Watch the highlights and video of her full appearance at the Summit below.
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