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Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe: Women Are 'Screaming at the Top of Our Lungs' For Equal Rights

“The Chi” creator Lena Waithe issued a battle cry for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, saying women “have refused to be victims” and won’t back down from abuse.

“We decided to rise up and scream at the top of our lungs and become a chorus of rebels that won’t be treated like second class citizens,” Waithe said at Variety’s Power of Women presented by Lifetime on Friday. “We can’t afford to go back. The next generation of artists, writers, actors, directors and activists will look at this time and know — that when we had a chance to make a change… we did.”

The honoree said females in Hollywood have never been more united, and they are supportive of another for big and small moments alike.

“I can’t remember a time in this industry when women have huddled together,” Waithe said at the annual luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “When we’ve all gotten on the same page. When we’ve gotten on group emails and text threads. Not just to discuss strategy, but to share baby photos and encouraging words.”

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