The model has made a short film encouraging America’s youth to ‘rock the vote’ and remember battles fought by previous generations
Who says youth ain’t politically engaged? Dazed cover star Kendall Jenner has released a video called A Brief History of Suffragettes in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day explaining the rights struggle that some American women, known as suffragrettes, went through in the 19th century to ensure that other women were allowed to vote. In 1920, after years of fighting, the suffragettes’ campaigning ensured that women were afforded parity at the polls.
In the video, made in partnership with Independent Journal, Jenner says: "Every day we vote we’re able to express our opinions online with likes and hashtags. But when it comes to the right to vote, it hasn’t always been that easy, especially for women. Because of suffragettes and their battle, gender doesn’t matter. But your vote always can. I’m Kendall Jenner. I’m 19. And I’m here to rock the vote.”
Jenner’s influence should not be underestimated - at the time of writing she has 12.6 million Twitter followers and 37.2 million Instagram followers, putting the Obamas, Clintons and Trumps of this world to shame. The Kardashian clan may take a lot of flak – see Kendall Jenner’s Burn Book video she made with Dazed – but the sight of her encouraging America’s female youth to understand the battles that older generations fought for gender equality is tough to criticise.
Watch the video below.