Why I Look Up To Jane Fonda

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

Inspiration is found in the most unlikely places.

My experience with Jane Fonda exemplifies the dangers of making assumptions. Until recently, I had pegged Jane Fonda as a typical celebrity with an ever-evolving career, famous for her leotards and iconic hair. It turns out, however, that Jane Fonda is much more than an actress or fitness guru. It started with me heading about Jane Fonda’s protest stunt in North Vietnam, a controversial move that revealed her seated on a missile launcher. I did a double take — Jane Fonda? The same one referenced in Mickey Avalon’s one hit wonder? But I, like many, misunderstood her as a public figure.
My experience reiterated the dangers of judging by appearance. Here are some reason’s as to why Jane Fonda’s more than just a pretty face.

Jane Fonda is one of the most famous celebrity activists of the decade
• She actively supported the Civil Rights Movement through tireless protesting against the Vietnam War.
• Fonda developed the “Free The Army” anti-war campaign that attempted to reach out to soldiers being deployed to Vietnam.
• She also received the title of Honorary National Coordinator for her support of the Vietnam Veterans Against War (VVAW).
• She travelled to North Vietnam in protest, where she spent time with prisoners of war; collecting letters to send to their families back at home.
• In 1994, the United Nations Population Fund made Fonda a Goodwill Ambassador.
She’s an advocate for women’s rights
• Fonda founded the Georgia Campaign For Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
• She also co-founded the Women’s Media Centre, and acts as chairperson of V-Day, a movement to end violence against women.
She’s a spokesperson for seniors
• At 74, Jane Fonda recently published a book titled “Prime Time”, where she has taken her passions towards positive aging, targeting fellow baby boomers and promoting living life to the fullest.
• She promotes aging from a positive perspective, helping to remove the negative stigma and promote the benefits of growing old
Oh, and she’s an actress and fitness mogul
• She has received 2 Oscars and 5 nominations
• Her workout video collection is coined as the cause of the rise in baby boomer’s participation in fitness activities

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