Thanks To Jessica Chastain And The ‘SNL’ Stars, A 55-Year-Old Song Has Never Been Timelier

An oldie that's especially relevant in the era of Time’s Up and #MeToo.

In her Saturday Night Live monologue on January 20, Jessica Chastain said hosting the NBC sketch show was a lifelong dream of hers. Her only regret was that she couldn't attend the Women's March that same day. So SNL cast members Kate McKinnon and Cicely Strong — wearing a "Time's Up" and a "#MeToo" shirt, respectively — suggested they stage their own protest.

"We'll march with you, Jessica," Strong said. Added McKinnon: "Yeah, I'm always wearing practical footwear."


And as SNL co-stars Aidy Bryant and Leslie Jones distributed pussy hats to the audience, the trio of actresses on stage launched into a rendition of Lesley Gore's 1963 song "You Don't Own Me."

Check out the monologue and performance below:

That oldie has always been a hit — and was even inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 — but it's gotten more even play in recent years as society has focused on stories of men's mistreatment and abuse of women, both real and fictional. The Handmaid's Tale, for example, featured the song in its pilot episode.

"When I first heard that song at the age of 16 or 17, feminism wasn't quite a going proposition yet," Gore said in a 2009 interview with Drama Queen. "Some people talked about it, but it wasn't in any kind of state at the time. My take on that song was: I'm 17, what a wonderful thing, to be able to stand up on a stage and shake your finger at people and sing you don't own me."

Even before her SNL appearance this week, Chastain has been steadfastly pushing for gender equality, especially in show business. On The Tonight Show, she exposed Hollywood's sexist audition process and unfair inclusion of women on screen; at Cannes, she called out the representation of women in the festival's films; and in a recent interview, she decried the way Hollywood women are treated.

We bet she'd like nothing more than to not have a reason to make her late-night appearances political, but until we see sustainable change, Chastain will undoubtedly keep Hollywood accountable.


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.