Amber Tamblyn is an actor and activist, and one of the boldest voices in Hollywood on the topic of ending sexual assault. Shared on the morning of this year's event, Tamblyn's Women's March throwback photo sends a strong message about the importance of activist work today. Last year, the mother of one ignored her doctor's advice and marched while "fully pregnant," and is committed to enacting change that will make the world better for her daughter and the next generation as a whole. She has fought to reveal Hollywood's insidious history with sexual assault, and remains unafraid to take on powerful industry members head-on. Tamblyn is a staunch feminist, a proud member of #TimesUp, and works toward being as intersectional as possible at every turn.
Her full caption on the throwback from last year's event reads:
"One year ago today, against doctor’s orders, I marched in DC fully pregnant. My friend’s kids made the signs behind me, which still ring true today. This morning, I march in NYC for all my sisters working to change this world and make it a safer, better place to live in. Today I march for my sisters of color, of disability, of LGBTQ and every woman who has ever been threatened, silenced, bullied or maginalized. I march for the history of my mother. And the future of my daughter. #WomensMarch2018"
The caption is beneath a photo posted to Instagram, where a pregnant Tamblyn strikes a pose next to several anti-Trump signs. Though she may be missing the 2018 Women's March in Washington, D.C. this weekend, she's attending the march in New York City. This year, Tamblyn organized a march with a group of #TimesUp supporters, which she's been posting about throughout the day on Saturday, Jan. 20.
The solidarity of the #TimesUp movement is huge. Its significance cannot be understated. For too long, victims have suffered in silence, or had their voices drowned out by older, louder, more established, and more powerful people. Tamblyn has long recognized that her status as a white woman and descendant of a Hollywood dynasty — not to mention, having a young fan following from her work in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants — and has ensured her work as an activist is to unite and elevate voices that aren't granted the same amount of room (or public consciousness). It makes sense that she'd be a vocal member of the new organization, and her that fight for intersectional justice continues in evolving ways.
This year's Women's Marches are a #MarchToThePolls as well, as the organizers hope to underscore the importance of showing up to vote in 2018. Midterm elections typically get less press and a lower voter turnout than elections that occur in the same time period as a presidential election, but the 2016 Presidential Election has kickstarted a new wave of interest in (and inspiration for) changing the current face of politics.
Tamblyn — who works as a writer, author, and director in addition to her work as an activist and actor — is championing people of all identities and backgrounds to get involved in politics. While her focus on Saturday may be on supporting survivors of sexual assault, it's part of a larger message that even the most marginalized voices can make a difference, as long as someone's listening.
Offering her reach and platform to organizations like the Women's March, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund is crucial. It ensures that the work she's doing has a positive impact, not just in politics and not just in Hollywood, but for the next generation of future activists.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.