The soccer star and California's First Partner talk feminism, beauty, and the importance of representation. 100 years ago this month, after a brutal, decades-long battle, the ratification of the 19th Amendment made it illegal to deny women the right to vote. “I do not believe that giving the woman the ballot is immediately going to cure all the ills of life,” the Black poet and abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper said at the 1866 National Women’s Rights Convention.
Siebel Newsom: You’re 100% right that there’s a double bind, there are multiple binds—we’ve been conditioned as a society to value women for their youth or beauty and their sexuality, we’re trying to disrupt and rewrite that narrative, that’s the work we do at The Representation Project.
Ahead of her online exhibit celebrating the voting centennial at the California museum, California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom sat down with soccer icon and fair pay activist Megan Rapinoe to talk to Glamour about how far women have come since winning the right to vote in 1920, and how far we have to go.
Siebel Newsom: There’s this quote that I love: “If your vote doesn’t matter, why is the other side trying so hard to take it away from you? ” We have a crisis in our country, and I believe it’s largely a result of a certain type of leadership, a very hyper-masculine type of leadership that’s led us to invest more in wars and dominance and unfettered capitalism for the benefit of the few and the expense of the many, instead of investing in care and education, and all the things that ultimately make society healthy and whole.