Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - Ali­son miller

In 1872, Su­san B. An­thony was ar­rested and in­dicted for the crime of cast­ing a vote in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion at a time when women were pro­hib­ited to do so. In what is a now an in­fa­mous speech to the court, she bravely ar­gued for the con­sti­tu­tional rights of all US cit­i­zens, and re­fused to pay her $100 fine. It took an­other 50 years un­til the 19th amend­ment passed, grant­ing women the le­gal right to vote.

Raised in a fam­ily where any dis­cus­sion of re­li­gion, money, or politics was thought to be im­po­lite, I have often re­frained from shar­ing my own opin­ions sur­round­ing th­ese top­ics in pub­lic fo­rums. Given the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, it may be time to break that tra­di­tion! In pre­par­ing for this, our an­nual Women of In­flu­ence is­sue, we met with and in­ter­viewed more than a dozen prom­i­nent, suc­cess­ful, in­sight­ful women. Re­gard­less of in­di­vid­ual party af­fil­i­a­tion, never has the mes­sage from a sin­gle group been so aligned—each shared a re­sound­ing con­cern about the chal­lenges to our as­sumed free­doms and hu­man rights. Women have been mo­bi­lized in a way un­seen for decades. “Life shrinks or ex­pands in pro­por­tion to one’s courage,” Anaïs Nin once said.

This re­vi­tal­ized level of en­gage­ment through protest marches, strikes, and lob­by­ing ef­forts has cer­tainly proven once again that women nei­ther lack courage nor con­vic­tion.

The pub­lish­ing world often col­lides with the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, which has fre­quently been ac­cused of shal­low­ness. But I must say, in re­cent months, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a great sense of pride as I’ve in­ter­acted with the In­dus­try’s young star­lets, in­clud­ing our last is­sue’s cover star, Janelle Monáe, who lever­ages her plat­form to ef­fect change and to com­mu­ni­cate the im­por­tant mes­sages of ac­cep­tance, in­clu­sion, and equal­ity. Women are also in­creas­ingly be­ing cast in power roles, such as our cur­rent cover star, Neve Camp­bell, who plays a bril­liant se­nate cam­paign man­ager in the up­com­ing and much an­tic­i­pated sea­son of House of Cards. We are so blessed to live in a city where women con­trib­ute so much to the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial struc­ture. Here’s to all of you this month. Brava, sis­ters!


clock­wise from above left: Kick­ing off our #in­staLAC Zoe Sal­dana Win­ter Is­sue event with Cour­voisier’s Sil­amith Weir; ap­pre­ci­at­ing an im­por­tant quote by Su­san B. An­thony at The Hunt­ing­ton Li­brary; cel­e­brat­ing Os­cars week with the uber-tal­ented Janelle...

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