Super Bowl Sunday, the traditionally male, chauvinistic day of beer drinking, was given a feminist twist this year.
It was instead a women’s comedy night for the Equal Rights Amendments hosted by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda—especially critical given some of Steinem’s recent faux pas—to discuss many of the recent women’s issues. The performers in the comedy night were a diverse mix to raise money and awareness for equal rights. The best sound bite of the night came from 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, “Feminist means you’re for equal rights. I’m for equal rights, so I’m a feminist,” he said.
The timing was partially intentional, as the organizers didn’t anticipate viewership overlap with Super Bowl fans, but given recent talk about cheerleader wages, the ERA Coalition’s “Equal is Equal” campaign is especially relevant.