Lena Dunham gathered Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Mindy Kaling and more for a short animated documentary, 100 Years, about the history of Planned Parenthood and the fight for reproductive rights. The film was released through Dunham’s Lenny Letter and the organization, NowThisHer.
Dunham co-directed the clip with Kirsten Lepore, who also served as the director of animation. Mixing vibrant illustrations with archival footage, 100 Years begins in 1912 with Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the patient who inspired her to take up the mantle of reproductive health and her uncompromising vision: “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.”
The clip tracks Sanger’s career, acknowledging and condemning her problematic embrace of eugenics while celebrating her positive influence through the creation of the birth control pill in the Fifties. After Sanger, 100 Years focuses on the work of Connecticut Planned Parenthood director Estelle Griswold, the success of Roe v. Wade, the disappointment of the Hyde Amendment and the work of PP presidents Faye Wattleton and Cecile Richards, who have expanded the organization’s health services and political vision.
100 Years also features narration from Hari Nef, America Ferrera and Constance Wu. Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff and director J.J. Abrams collaborated on the music.
“The spirit behind this video will hopefully take us into the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, where we will be showing our new president that we’re not going to allow a hundred years of progress to disappear overnight,” Dunham said of the video.
Dunham has long been a vocal supporter of reproductive health, though her passion for the issue recently led her to make a misguided joke about abortion on her Women of the Hour podcast last December (she later apologized). During the 2016 presidential campaign, Dunham stumped hard for Hillary Clinton. She also uses Lenny Letter as a platform aimed at women to discuss issues such as wage discrimination and objectification.