Actress and activist Piper Perabo joined her “Indigenous sisters” to sing the incredible women warrior song at the United State of Women Summit.
“Even if you haven’t been directly impacted by an issue, it’s important that you stand with people when they make that courageous step to speak out,” she stated. “This land where the auditorium was originally Tongva land. So, we were thanking those women, and also they led the women warrior song, which is about the missing and murdered Indigenous women that data is not kept on in the United States.”
Indigenous women go missing and are murdered at rates 10x the national average. But the U.S. currently doesn’t have a database that specifically tracks violence in Indigenous people. Perabo wants more representation for first nations women to create laws that protect them.
“One of the things that I’m so excited about in 2018 are young people running, women running, particularly women of color and Indigenous women. Just google that and you’ll know who I’m talking about,” she explained. “I think it’s really important that we don’t just make space for them at the table, we make space for them to speak, and we learn how to listen better.”