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Oprah, Meryl Streep Lecture World Leaders About Gender Equality

Two of Harvey Weinstein’s biggest pals, Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep, have joined other Hollywood celebrities in penning an open letter to world leaders about the importance of gender equality.

“Dear World leaders,” the letter reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re putting you on notice.”

The letter goes on to point out some important, pressing issues facing women in the world today, such as child brides and lack of education (all of which plague the Islamic world), while segueing into partisan-driven talking points like equal pay.

“For 130 million girls without an education,” the letter continues. “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.”

Then the letter makes the asinine claim that “there is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men,” as if women all across the globe (including those in the West) live in some kind of gulag.

“The gender gap is wider for women living in poverty,” it continues. “Poverty is sexist. And we won’t stand by while the poorest women are overlooked.”

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.

The international charity ONE has sponsored this gender equality for four years now. Other signatories were Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Portman, Mariska Hargitay, Mindy Kaling, Neil Patrick Harris, and Yara Shahidi.

“The fight for gender equality does not stop in our own backyards,” ONE said in their blog post, “and the conversation must include the girl denied an education in South Sudan, the farmer not allowed to own the land she works in Uganda, and the woman not allowed to bank the money she earns in Chad.”

“We’re living through an incredible moment in history and surrounded by inspiring examples of what is possible when people come together and stand up for what they believe in.”