Blake Lively revealed why she joined the Women’s March, and we’re honestly so inspired

Over this past weekend, we heard from so many women around the globe, sharing their inspirational and motivating stories on what made them march.

One such woman was Blake Lively, who shared her Women’s March values on Instagram Sunday night and, well, made us tear up just a little bit in the process.

On a photo next to a little girl in a wheelchair, 29-year-old Lively wrote,

"I marched for my daughters, for my friends, for strangers, for myself, for Phoebe here in this picture who I met as she motivated everyone she came across. My march wasn't driven by hate. It was rooted in a very simple fact-- we are all equal. I believe everyone can agree on that. Thank you to everyone who marched all over the world. I felt so hopeful and deeply grateful. #whyimarch"

Lively, of course, became a mom to her second daughter with Ryan Reynolds, Ines (little sister to James), on September 30th. We’re not sure if it’s being a mother to two girls, her famous, badass friendship with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants cast mates, the current political climate in the United States, or something else — or, y’know, a combo of all of the above — that has made Lively speak up for feminism lately, but we’re so, so totally on board.

At the People’s Choice Awards just last week, she used her time onstage accepting the Favorite Dramatic Actress trophy for The Shallows (a movie that everyone should see if they like things that are good, btw) to speak on her feelings about “girl power,” saying,

My mom, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do. I was always an ambitious kid, and I knew that if I could accomplish this that I would be successful and I would be happy, and that was to meet the Spice Girls. What was so neat about them was that they’re all do distinctly different, and they were women, and they owned who they were, and that was my first introduction into girl power. Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category -- when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power."

And while she admitted she hasn’t yet met the Spice Girls yet (just about the only thing we have in common with Lively at this point, sadly), we’re excited to see Lively speak up for women — and even more hopeful that she’ll explore issues like intersectionality in the future.

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