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Jodie Foster voting ad with Laverne Cox, Cher, and more
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Jodie Foster directs a women-centred political ad featuring Cher

Laverne Cox, Julianne Moore and Constance Wu are just a few of the stars asking people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections

Jodie Foster has directed a star-studded group of Hollywood entertainers and celebrities urging other women to rise up and vote on November 6’s midterm elections. The video features  Cher, Laverne Cox, Constance Wu, Christy Turlington-Burns and Olivia Munn, among others. 

“If somebody asked you ‘What do you care about?’, what would you say?” Tea Leoni asks.

“If you can’t take another school shooting” adds Ellen Pompeo.

“If basic human rights matter, then vote,” says Netflix’s Grace and Frankie star Lily Tomlin. Others featured in the ad addressed the issues of equal pay, immigration, family separation at the border, healthcare for all ages and gun control as just some of the critical motivations to vote.

Others who appear in the political ad include Marilu Henner, Felicity Huffman, former Girls star Zosia Mamet, Minka Kelly, Piper Perabo, Lele Pons, Marlee Matlin, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore and Kathy Najimi.

“Women’s voices are being listened to in a way that they haven’t been before. And it’s not just women candidates. It’s women voters and women activists,” Foster said in a statement announcing the ad’s release. “We hope that this campaign, featuring familiar faces in the entertainment industry, will inspire others to share their views and more importantly take action on Election Day. It really matters.”

The video, titled Because it Matters, was released and funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC, who pledged to spend at least $80 million helping Democrats reclaim control of the House.

Bloomberg asserted: “The good news is that more women are running than ever before, and female voters overwhelmingly support Democratic candidates for the House and Senate. The polls suggest a gender gap in voting larger than any time since the 1950s. But this election will be decided by turnout and getting people to cast their ballots.”

Watch the full video below.