With the US mid-season elections just a few weeks away – 6 November – high profile faces are steeping up their campaign to encourage voters to get out and, well, vote.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has published a heartfelt video she made for her four year old daughter Elizabella. (She also has a son, seven-year-old Milo Thomas).
Alyssa recorded the clip in January 2018 but decided to make it public now – one year on from the #MeToo movements explosion into public consciousness.
“One year ago I recorded this for my daughter, explaining why I shared my story of sexual assault. I never expected to release it publicly. Now, I feel it’s too important not to share. #MeToo."
One year ago I recorded this for my daughter, explaining why I shared my story of sexual assault. I never expected to release it publicly. Now, I feel it’s too important not to share. #MeToo
Dear Elizabella,— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2018
I love you so. I will fight so you don’t have to.
Love, mama pic.twitter.com/TYk5XXFksY
It is an emotional assurance from a mother to her child that she will always have support and can always speak out. (Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s story had yet to be told when Alyssa recorded the video, and the disappointing outcome of Brett Kavanaugh’s subsequent appointment to the Supreme Court adds a poignancy to Alyssa’s words).
More than a message from her to just her own child, it expresses a hope that all girls will grow to be women who are valued for their hearts and minds.
Alyssa first tweeted about the movement in October 2017, which seemed to be a tipping point in the midst of a tense moment in not just America but much of the world.
On October 15, 2017, #MeToo became mainstream to the world, but the movement has been fighting for survivors since 2006. Founder @TaranaBurke looks back on the impact and progress since #MeTooOneYearLater. https://t.co/1nvrQ7vK3N— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 15, 2018
She has become one of the most visible members of the #MeToo movement, along with founder Tamara Burke who created Me Too in 2006.