We Heart: The New Video for Jennifer Hudson’s Feminist Anthem “I’ll Fight”

The hard-won victories of the feminist movement came after years of struggle by activists and trailblazing leaders from the streets to the halls of power. Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Jennifer Hudson celebrates their work in the new music video for her single “I’ll Fight.”

The video for the feminist anthem, written for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, combines video footage of women’s rights marches from the last decades with clips of Ginsburg articulating the urgency of equality in court. Its lyrics are a powerful celebration not just of champions like Ginsburg, but of the sisterhood that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them when they raise their fists.

“When you feel you’re taking all that you can take, and you’re sure you’re never gonna catch a break, when it’s dangerous,” Hudson sings, “I will be the one to help you carry it.” Diane Warren, who wrote the song’s lyrics, told CNN that it was “an honor to write a song about such a badass, inspiring, and iconic woman”—and “a dream-come-true” to have Hudson bring it to life.

The video comes months after the song’s initial release as a tribute to everyone who voted in the midterm elections to speak truth to power and send historic numbers of women to Congress and statehouses next year. “Even though the election has ended,” Warren declared to Rolling Stone, “the fight isn’t over.”

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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