Chelsea Handler is a comedic powerhouse. She hosts an insanely funny late-night talk show and released her own documentary series, Chelsea Does. But she can also rock some serious conversation—especially when it has to do with women. The comedian penned an essay for Thrive Global called “We Have A Problem With Women Supporting Women,” and the headline basically says it all. In the letter, she includes a widely circulated statistic on the 2016 presidential election: 48.2% of Americans voted for Hillary Clinton and 46.2%, of which 53 percent were white women, voted for Donald Trump.
“Ninety four percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, because unlike white women, black women don’t take their rights, liberties or justice for granted,” she writes. “They honor how hard people fought for them, and they are fully committed to honoring the very people who risked, and in many cases lost, their lives fighting for the ability to count.”
Chelsea argues that with Trump’s victory, women have missed their chance to further gender equality, but that it’s not too late to take action. “It’s time to get focused on what really matters. Find women that are different than you and figure out the things you have in common. We have a whole generation of girls who are looking at us to see how we treat each other. Let’s show them what the power of being a woman really looks like. Let’s open our arms to each other, and to them.”
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