Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata: Let’s Talk About Privilege

Sasheer Zamata Says Women's Rights Still a BFD!

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Hi, it's Sasheer Zamata, from Saturday Night Live! It's my privilege to serve as the new ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for the Women’s Rights Project, and speaking of privilege, I’m writing today to talk about the “P” word.

Some of us have more of it than others, and through no fault of our own. It’s a silent benefactor that helps us even when we don’t know it, making structural discrimination difficult to see. And it disproportionately affects women.

That’s why I’m working with the ACLU to shine a spotlight on gender and privilege — check out this video on Facebook and share it with your friends and family.

The fight to protect and advance the rights of women and girls is far from over.

We’ve made incredible strides in the past several decades, and they benefit me greatly. My dreams of working as a comedian and cast member on Saturday Night Live are a reality because of the great work people did before me to ensure diverse voices can be heard.

But women still face greater barriers in employment, education, health care, and criminal justice — especially those of color and living in poverty. In the U.S. today, women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man — with African-American women only earning 64 cents, and Latinas earning 55. I wish I were joking.

Plus, a woman’s right to choose is threatened by extreme lawmakers who have introduced more than 100 abortion restrictions in 2015 alone. And few legal protections exist for pregnant workers and new mothers — even though women are the primary breadwinners in 4 out of 10 families with children.

Please watch this video to learn more, and help us do something about it by spreading the word.

Thanks for continuing this conversation. It’ll be my privilege to work with you on this!

Sasheer

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Anonymous

Wow - way to spout the often criticized date you quote. Pathetic BS.

Anonymous

Way to cite facts to prove you're right. Oh, whoops.... you can't because you're not....

Anonymous

what a bunch of crap

Anonymous

White male privilege *IS* a bunch of crap. Thanks for agreeing.

Anonymous

A woman's right to choose to murder her baby for convenience because she's too stupid to quit fucking should be challenged at evry step.

Anonymous

To bad the world is full of lunatics

Anonymous

Garbage..some of us don't work and collect $30,000 a year in entitlements, some of us have to work and pay our way through school, some of us are born poor as hell, some us work 2 jobs so that we can make a respectfully living, some of us have are simply framers, carpenters, welders, truck drivers, equipment operators, farmers, ranchers, so of us grew up poorer than anybody you know, some of us are sick and tired of hearing this shit. Tell it to all the people that live in their gated communities that don't have to live with raping, robbing, stealing, knock out game artist, drug dealing, wining, crying give me give me give idiots

Anonymous

This whole article is ridiculous. Why is it ok for her to speak of white privilege, but when whites talk about black issues we are told we can't cause we don't understand. As for the women are bread winners in 4 out of 10 families that I also call bull on. You mean 4 out of 10 single parent families. Not families, that implies mom and dad.

Anonymous

God forbid a dad die, then, huh?

TruthTeller

"white privilege, but when whites talk about black issues" Do you SERIOUSLY not know the difference between privilege and what you so disingenuously call "black issues"? And who put you in charge of defining what a family is? Hateful pathetic loser.

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