The 5H phenom discussed the Women’s March, activism & more
Last weekend, millions of people all over the world participated in the Women’s March, and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui was one of them:
While in Washington, D.C. for the march, Lauren sat down with her friend, Jill Gutowitz, and recorded an episode of “The Bossy Show” podcast. Here’s what we learned:
1. The Women’s March made her feel safe and empowered.
“It was hundreds of thousands of people walking and marching in the name of our rights which is so, for me, it made me feel so safe. It made me feel so empowered and it made me feel so happy that I wasn’t alone.”
2. She wasn’t in a VIP area; she marched with everyone and started tons of convos.
“I sparked up so many conversations with random strangers just because I liked their sign or I liked what they were shouting or I liked their presence.”
3. She met a family from a neighboring Florida town.
“I met this one woman who was with her son. He went to Ransom, which is a neighboring school to mine. We were in a line at this place called Paul’s getting paninis because we were super hungry and they were right behind us. We saw their sign said ‘Florida United’ or something or other and she was a teacher and she was so powerful and so empowered. She was preaching to us with her son, who was right by her side. It was so beautiful. I could go on forever.”
4. Here’s why she marched:
“I’m a Cuban American Bisexual woman. I was all of the things that were being resisted. I marched for reproductive health. I marched for the LGBT community. I marched for myself. I marched for my family. I marched for my friends. I marched for women in general.”
5. This was her first time participating in a march or protest.
“I literally can’t explain the joy I feel right now being able to be a part of such a major point in history. When we look back, I know for a fact this will be talked about. This was global; it wasn’t even just national.”
6. Back in November, she told her band mates, label, and management that she was planning to attend the Inauguration.
“I didn’t have to cancel anything because I warned everyone previously. I was like, ‘Just so you know, January 20th, I’m going to be around the Inauguration.’ I didn’t know that the Women’s March was happening when I told them that, but I was like, ‘Just so you know, I’m going to be there to protest.’ I literally told them in November.”
7. She’ll continue calling Congress & the Senate:
“I’m going to call my senator every single day. I’m going to be calling Congress every single day and I’m going to make sure that I’m involved in whatever rallies are happening, whatever protests are happening that are genuinely important and vital to the progression of this movement. I’m going to be there just because I believe so wholeheartedly in the message and I believe so wholeheartedly in the American people.”
8. She wants to work with Planned Parenthood.
“I genuinely want to work with Planned Parenthood, so y’all hit me up. Seriously, I am obsessed, like when the head of Planned Parenthood, she was so inspiring and so real.”
9. She wants you to know that your voice matters.
“No matter who you are or where you come from, you matter and your voice is important.”