On Sunday, Emily Ratajkowski appeared on Instagram in a photo showing the “Blurred Lines” babe as she marched at an International Women’s Day rally. For the group activity, the 28-year-old supermodel rocked a simple white crop top, jeans, a brown belt, and sunglasses as she walked alongside other people on a sunny day in London. Many members of the crowd were dressed in casual clothing like EmRata, while others rocked pertinent costumes, including one female who dressed as if she had been cast as a fertile member of the voiceless souls from The Handmaid’s Tale.
The scene this past weekend in Blighty was full of meaning for those who took part in the 2020 International Women’s Day march as similar undertakings happened during the same timeframe all over the globe. Participants took part “in organized protests over a long list of social ills, including femicide, fascism, and unequal labor standards,” explained The Cut.
For instance, women in Southeast Asia — including Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines — “demanded more labor protections and rights,” as the outlet pointed out.
In Pakistan, both women and men protested even when conservatives threatened to shut down their peaceful proceedings.
In London, the city in which EmRata marched, certain women were on hand “to advocate for the full decriminalization of sex work and labor protections,” according to The Independent.
Because buying and selling sex in England and Wales is legal, their demands — which ranged from pension provision and paid sick leave to guaranteed basic pay — proved valuable. Indeed, sex workers and strippers union representative Shiri Shalmy noticed a recent change.
“Activism is starting to have a positive impact on the ground,” she stated via The Independent.
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Researchers have estimated that women’s stories make up only .5% of recorded history. Our stories have been and continue to be denied and negated. Muriel Rukeyser wrote in 1968: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” Unfortunately it’s not going to be quite as simple as Rukeyser made it seem. We have to keep fighting. Every woman’s truth counts. Continue to be brave my lady friends. Happy IWD
Meanwhile, EmRata’s Instagram post illustrating her part in the world’s International Women’s Day protests was widely noticed. Her Sunday social media update earned more than 1.3 million likes and over 4,500 comments within 24 hours of going live.
Certain followers took issue with the thoughts Emily and her fellow marchers expressed.
“What’s your resistance? Stop taking your clothes off?” stated one follower.
“Women’s stories equate for.5% of history that is absolute nonsense sorry I agree about equal rights and equal opportunities but.5% come on that’s a reach,” remarked another Instagram user.
“Yeah, I guess you have had a difficult life,” a third fan suggested snidely, adding a crying-laughing face emoji.
However, fans were quick to applaud what Emily and the other ladies were doing as they marched in order to bring attention to their efforts.
“Woman [sic] are a very special creation of God. Let us acknowledge all the sacrifices they make for us. Happy International women’s day,” stated one person.