Women in Music 2016

Lena Dunham Pens Powerful Essay in Support of Kesha

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Lena Dunham of "It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah. 

Since Kesha was denied leave from her contract with Sony in court on Friday (Feb. 19), thousands of people have come out in support of the pop star, especially women in the music industry. Taylor Swift has given Kesha $250,000 as financial support while artists like Lady Gaga, Lorde, Halsey, among many others, have vocally expressed their encouragement. 

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More recently, Lena Dunham has penned an essay for her newsletter Lenny that addresses Kesha and the culture at large. She writes, “What's happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers."

Dunham concludes her essay on a more optimistic note. “We are not scared anymore of losing what we worked for, of being targeted and silenced by men in power,” Dunham states. “The women in the music industry speaking out for Kesha are proof. And their words will reverberate, inspiring the young women watching them for clues about the good life to speak up too. Soon, no one will accept shame and fear as the status quo.”

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Read the full essay here