‘You Don’t Own Me’ is back in action, urging millions of women to get out, vote, & protect their bodies

“You Don’t Own Me” PSA from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo.

In 1964, I was 14 years old, and–though I’m hesitant to admit this–I was a huge fan of Lesley Gore. I especially loved this song. Little did I know at the time how important and strong-minded the message was, or would be for all the years of my life to come.

Fast-forward decades: When my daughter was a little girl, I remember the wonderful feeling of seeing her play this song over and over again. Without any prompting, I could see the message of this tune, a favorite from my childhood, resonated with her as well.

Now I see this video, including the voices of so many inspirational, talented women, promoting a message that’s somehow even more important to hear today than it was for me to hear in 1964. “It’s hard for me to believe, but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then,” Lesley adds at the end of the video. “Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together, get out there and vote, and protect our bodies. They’re ours. Please vote.”