Everyone can’t stop talking about yesterday’s Women’s March. And we can’t stop fawning over Gina Rodriguez’s “Torch Your Bra” protest tee.
Gina’s top is a nod to the 1969 Miss America protest, where about 400 brave women expressed their disdain for oppressive beauty standards. The protesters marched around a “freedom trash can,” which they filled with bras, girdles, high heels, and even makeup. No bras were actually set on fire, but that didn’t stop the movement from inspiring women across the globe.
Gina Rodriguez wore the most appropriate protest tee to the Women’s March yesterday.
The tweet refers to another throwback protest. Coined in 1972 by labor rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta as a motto for the United Farm Workers, “Sí se puede” is an epic battle cry that translates to “Yes we can” in Spanish. The motto has been used in other labor unions and civil rights movements, particularly in the 2006 immigration rights protests in the US (and if you’re a Disney All-Star like us, you’ll also recognize it from the movie Gotta Kick It Up! ).
Of course, President Obama borrowed the English translation for his 2008 political campaign. Furthermore, he brought it back in his farewell address earlier this month.
Gina joined the Women’s March in Los Angeles and shared photos and thoughts about her experience on social media.
Additionally, we also love Gina’s response to someone who had a problem with her shirt and her bralessness.
That’s not all. Gina has spoken out for women’s rights and immigrant rights many times.
In an interview with Indiewire last month, she said: