Silverman event Saturday in Concord to focus on women’s issues and politics

Last modified: 9/24/2014 12:18:05 AM
Women’s rights are a serious matter, and they’re under siege by politicians across the country. That’s the message from the national organization Lady Parts Justice, which is using comedy to spread the word.

The group, co-founded in 2012 by former Daily Show head writer Lizz Winstead, aims to use comedy, culture and digital media to foster a greater understanding of women’s reproductive rights.

“I hope that through the lens of humor we can expose how bad this War on Women has gotten and just what is at stake,” Winstead wrote in a 2012 post announcing the launch of Lady Parts Justice.

This Saturday, the group will launch “V to Shining V 2014” gatherings across the country meant to raise awareness about what and who are on the ballot this election cycle. Comedian Sarah Silverman will host a V to Shining V event at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Earlier this year, Silverman starred in a 5-minute Lady Parts Justice YouTube sketch about reproductive rights.

The comedian answered some of the Monitor’s questions by email this week.



How did you get involved with V to Shining V and Lady Parts Justice?

Lizz Winstead is one of my heroes, and she also happens to be one of my very best friends. When she formed Lady Parts Justice and V to Shining V, I told her I was all in!

Why do you think it’s an important cause?

Women’s rights are being chipped away at on the down low – at the state level – where a lot of us don’t tend to look, unfortunately. It’s important not just to be aware of what you believe is right but of what our lawmakers are doing. Because we hire them, with our vote or lack of vote. They work for us, and if we don’t like what they’re doing it’s our responsibility as citizens to get ’em out.

What is the most important issue facing women this election cycle?

It’s shocking that it’s an issue 40 years after Roe V. Wade, but a woman’s right to choose is a big one. As well as equal pay. Could you imagine in a million years a man being okay with being told by the government what he can and can’t do with his own human body? No way. Because it’s unacceptable. Do you think men would be just fine with being paid 77 cents to every dollar a woman is paid? No way. But that is the case with women’s pay. And the Paycheck Fairness act was killed. You know.



How is New Hampshire an important player in this movement?

It’s my home state. That’s why it concerns me most. And it’s imperative that we as N.H. women (and men!) are aware of who is representing our state and what they’re doing.



Why is humor the best way to get at this issue, and how have you found it draws people to the cause?

Because it’s getting informed without it being homework. Comedy through the years has always told the truth about history, and has been on the right side of history.



(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)




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