Salma Hayek Fighting For Women’s Rights

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Mexican actress Salma Hayek said that she did not want to be labeled a feminist when she received the Equality Now award at the Make Equality Reality event last November. She says, “I am not a feminist. If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality.”


In an recent interview with The Guardian, Hayek stated that, “I am a feminist because I am proud to be a woman, and I am passionate about making the world a better place for women. I am a feminist because a lot of amazing women have made me the woman I am today. I am inspired by women every day, as friends and as colleagues.”

wenn21888810She also spoke about how being a feminist doesn’t only depend on an individuals gender. “It should not be just because I am a women. It should be a reflex, if someone else is being hurt, to help. It shouldn’t have to be because you are being a victim too. I work a lot for domestic violence, and people often ask me if I have experienced it. And I say, no, on the contrary – my father is a great man, my husband is a great man. But we are all human beings, no?”

A great role model for all women, Hayek co-founded “Chime for Change” with Beyoncé, a global organization empowering women and to support women’s rights with projects to promote health, education and justice.

-Sarah Mae Martin

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Sarah is currently a contributing writer for the Current Events column. She attends Ayala High School in Southern California. As a yearbook member, Sarah loves writing, photography, fashion, and graphic design. She is involved in volunteering at the local hospital and library as well as FBLA, Polynesian Club and Key Club. Follow her on Instagram! @sarahmae_martin