On Tuesday, Meryl Streep sent a letter to each member of Congress asking for their help to revive the Equal Rights Amenment. The original measure passed Congress in 1972 but fell short of ratification by three states a decade later.
“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,” wrote the three-time Oscar champ. She included a copy of “Equal Means Equal,” a book by Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition.
This fall, Streep stars in “Suffragette” as Emmeline Pankhurst, a leading advocate of women’s rights in early 20th century Britain. The script is by Abi Morgan, who wrote “The Iron Lady,” the biopic of Margaret Thatcher that won Streep her third Oscar.
Will the actress’ outspoken views on gender equality help or hurt her come awards season?
Tweets from Patricia Arquette & Jane Fonda, both Academy voters, expressing their enthusiastic support ……
90% of Americans support the ERA! Join Meryl in urging Congress to pass it. The time has come for equality. http://bit.ly/1GwiTw9
THIS will definitely HELP her chances and would be the CATALYST for the 4th Oscar WIN !!!
1. The 200 or so #1 votes needed for nomination will come from the Women’s Rights Activists & Supporters amongst voters.
2. Streep’s Acceptance Speech from any WIN for Suffragette will be a further potent vehicle for The Cause.
3. This will be Streep’s 20th Oscar Nomination (vs. 21st for Ricki and The Flash) as it will be announced 1st, Another Milestone !!! Just imagine the Press, PR, etc. that will result which could be BIG & Extra mileage for the Women’s Rights Cause.
4. This could be Streep’s 4th Oscar WIN ….. Will serve The Cause & Advocacy EXPONENTIALLY !!!
5. For Suffragette, Streep could yet establish another record ….. Shortest Ever Oscar Nominated and/or Winning Performance.
Suffragette is going to be one of the major movies this year as Hillary puts her campaign into full gear (no, Bernie will not be a huge challenege to her after a debate). I don’t see “Ricki and the Flash” making an awards impact of the level of “Juno” — Diablo Cody’s only Oscar success — even if Streep plays little more than a cameo in Suffragettte.
I think this will definitely help her and the film’s chances but I doubt that she will be nominated still due to the size of her performance.