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Reclaiming the Scarlet Letter for Women's Rights: Martha Plimpton and "A is For"

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens November 2, 2012 at 7:43PM

Good old Hester Prynne, wearing her scarlet letter proudly – not a bad role model for women claiming their bodies as their own. Improbably, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and health care, today’s political right seems to have channeled those 19th-century witchhunters Hawthorne wrote about. Now Martha Plimpton proves she’s as good an activist as she is an actor, founding a group called “A is For,” which fights against the 21st-century assault on women’s rights. The group’s savvy, wry symbol: a red  A. Take a look at their all-star video featuring Plimpton, Amy Poehler,  Billy Crudup, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and a raft of other high-profile advocates.  
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Martha Plimpton

Good old Hester Prynne, wearing her scarlet letter proudly – not a bad role model for women claiming their bodies as their own. Improbably, when it comes to women’s reproductive rights and health care, today’s political right seems to have channeled those 19th-century witchhunters Hawthorne wrote about. Now Martha Plimpton proves she’s as good an activist as she is an actor, founding a group called “A is For,” which fights against the 21st-century assault on women’s rights. The group’s savvy, wry symbol: a red  A. Take a look at their all-star video featuring Plimpton, Amy Poehler,  Billy Crudup, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and a raft of other high-profile advocates.  

For a $5. donation (yes, five) you can you can get a pin and wear your very own scarlet letter. Here’s their website, aisfor.org

This article is related to: Martha Plimpton, A is For, The Scarlet Letter, Amy Poehler, Billy Crudup, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hester Prynne, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Video

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