Oprah, Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, More Vow To Tackle Gender Inequality In Powerful Open Letter

Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Ryan Reynolds are among the stars to have signed an open letter calling for “justice for women and girls everywhere.”

The letter, led by international charity ONE, has been signed by 140 high-profile names, each getting behind the “poverty is sexist” campaign.

“Black Panther” stars Letitia Wright and Chadwick Boseman, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer, Issa Rae, Michael Sheen, Thandie Newton, and Natalie Dormer have also backed the letter, Deadline reports.

The celebs reached out to world leaders to say, “We’re putting you on notice,” adding that it’s unacceptable that some girls are still not getting the education they need just because of their gender.

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The piece read, “For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.

“There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty.

“Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.”

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“You have the power to deliver historic changes for women this year. From the G7 to the G20; from the African Union to your annual budgets; we will push you for commitments and hold you to account for them. And, if you deliver, we will be the first to champion your progress.

“We won’t stop until there is justice for women and girls everywhere. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.”

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