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Rachel Brosnahan Used Her Emmy Speech to Deliver an Important Message: Vote!


Why Global Citizens Should Care
In her award-winning role, Rachel Brosnahan plays a female character crushing gender stereotypes and finding her voice. As Brosnahan said on Monday night, you can make your voice and opinion heard by voting. You can join us by taking action here to support the Global Goals and strong institutions by exercising your right to vote — register to vote here.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and its cast swept up several awards at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night.

Global Citizen Ambassador Rachel Brosnahan took home her first Emmy for her starring role in the Amazon original series, which follows the journey of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a New York City housewife in the '50s learning to be independent for the first time.

“One of the things I love most about this show ... is that it’s about a woman who’s finding her voice anew,” Brosnahan said, accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. “And it’s something that’s happening all over the country right now."

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“One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote. Vote, show up, and bring a friend to the polls,” Brosnahan said, urging any un-registered audience members and viewers to sign up to vote immediately.

Brosnahan’s speech had a hint of her character’s spirit.

In one episode, Midge, still finding her footing after life is turned upside down, is wandering through New York City’s Washington Square Park when she stumbles upon a rally to save the park. Though she doesn’t have much — if any — experience as an activist, Midge finds herself front and center at the protest, calling on women to take action.

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“Maybe they just put those [shoe] ads in newspapers to distract us, because if women don’t realize what’s going on in the world, they won’t step in and fix it. Because they will fix it!” the character says.

Ultimately, the charming series, set just three decades after women in the United States were granted the right to vote, is a story of female empowerment, gender discrimination, and working women that echoes the message of Time’s Up movement and bolsters Hollywood’s efforts to feature more strong female roles.


Your vote is your voice. Join us in speaking out and showing up for the issues you care about at our nonpartisan event on Sept. 22 at the USS Maine Monument at the Merchants' Gate entrance to Central Park, located on West 59th Street at Columbus Circle. Learn about the importance of voting and how you can register to vote from Global Citizen and our partners from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and earn points for the final ticket draw for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival. More information here.


Rachel Brosnahan is a co-host of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York City

The 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York will be presented for the very first time by Citi. MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson. Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, iHeartMedia, and NYC Parks. Associate partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.

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