Rihanna with Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock on the set of Ocean’s Eight in New York. Have I mentioned that I can’t wait to see this movie? Can I keep saying that? Can I be corny as f-ck and call it Girl Power excitement, especially on a day like today when the words Girl Power mean something much more than a movie or a pop band, when Girl Power could take over the highest office? “Could” is the operative word here and “could” is certainly not concrete. But I just read an article over at Vox about women who were born before women had the right to vote and how some of them have stayed alive, like 98 year old Estelle Liebow Schultz, for the opportunity to check off a woman’s name on her ballot:
“I decided that I would like to live long enough to see the election of our first woman president,” she says. “To see such an accomplishment in my lifetime is momentous. I encourage all of my fellow nonagenarians to follow me in marking your ballot with a sense of pride in a life long lived and a country making history."
When Estelle was born, women didn’t have a voice. Make no mistake, our voices are still not equal and no matter what happens tonight, that’s not going to change immediately. But Estelle would say that we can do a lot more with our voices than we used to be able to do. We can try more, we can learn more, we can do more, we can BE more. We can even be nerds.
Rihanna is playing a nerd in Ocean’s Eight. I assume? With that laptop and all that gear, I’m thinking she’s the updated Livingstone Dell… with a lot more composure. Have you seen the Ocean’s movies? Livingstone sweats – a LOT. I can’t see Hacker Rihanna losing her chill the way he did. But I do love seeing her playing a nerd, playing a woman in a space that’s not always been welcome to women, in a space where women are harassed and attacked. And now, one of the most fearless women in pop culture, a girl who has never hesitated to yell back and bare her teeth, is representing a girl’s right to be there.