As we all learned in 10th grade history class, after you win a certain amount of Oscars, you basically get to be a senator.
Meryl Streep, U.S. Senator for Amazingness, Badass party. (via Getty)
Meryl Streep is taking advantage of her general power in society to take political action. According to the Associated Press, Streep sent a letter to every member of Congress asking them to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, the long dead proposal that would make the Constitution cover equality based on sex.
"I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality—for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself—by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment," Streep writes. Each packet includes a copy of "Equal Means Equal," a book by Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition.
Generally, I hate when people invoke the "women-are-your-daughters/mothers/sisters/wives" argument to explain why we deserve equal rights, instead of just pointing out that women are, you know, people. But sometimes it helps people think about that, I guess? Like, "Ohhhh, I have a mother, and she is actually a person, so I guess that would mean women are people. I never thought about it that way." Fine, if that's the missing link you need. And it's definitely cool and bold for Streep to continually use her world dominance to support women.
Like everything I've ever read and ever will read on the Internet, though, I do have to wonder if this is to some degree a marketing scheme. As Jezebel points out, Streep does have an upcoming movie about suffragettes.
Either way, it's all awesome. The letters to Congress, the movie, the concept of the constitution guaranteeing women equality, and the ability of the Internet to make us question everything.