Ashley Judd Declares 'I Am A Nasty Woman' With A Powerful Poem At The Women's March

"We are here to be respected. We are here to be nasty."

A number of celebrities were among the crowds of protesters participating in Saturday's Women's March on Washington, as well as sister marches across the country and around the world. That included actress Ashley Judd, who took the stage at the rally in D.C. to recite a powerful poem in which she declared herself a "nasty woman."

The poem was written by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old woman from Tennessee, where Judd herself also lives. Donovan was inspired to write the poem after she saw Donald Trump call his opponent Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman" during a presidential debate last year. "I reclaimed it," she told The Tennessean.

The poem criticizes Trump while calling attention to inequality. "I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege," the poem reads.


"Why is the work of a black woman and a Hispanic woman worth only 63 and 54 cents of a white man's privileged daughter?" Judd recited. "This is not a feminist myth. This is inequality. So we are not here to be debunked. We are here to be respected. We are here to be nasty."

The poem goes on to reference Trump's offensive comments about groping women, which were unearthed in the final weeks before the election: "And our pussies ain't for grabbing. They're for reminding you that our walls are stronger than America's ever will be. Our pussies are for our pleasure. They are for birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, nasty, proud, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, you name it, for new generations of nasty women."

Donovan, who attended the Women's March on Nashville, told The Tennessean what it meant to her that Judd shared her words. "I was seeing the physical form of everything I was saying in my poem," she said. "If we keep fighting, we can all be equal one day. It just shows so much hope in this city and this nation."

Watch Ashley Judd's full speech in the video below:

Then watch Nina Donovan herself recite the poem live:


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