Lesley Gore’s 1964 Hit ‘You Don’t Own Me’ Transformed Into Pro-Choice Battle Cry

Lesley Gore’s 1964 hit “You Don’t Own Me” is about a woman standing up to a man over her right to respect and freedom. In a new video, the song soundtracks a different struggle over women’s rights, specifically the right to choose.

Gore herself appears in the PSA, which features a number of other notable women lip-synching and sassing along with the track. Besides Gore, the familiar faces include Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Wild Flag), Lena Dunham (Girls), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Miranda July (writer/filmmaker) and more. Watch below.

The video urges women to vote – and to vote for candidates who support their reproductive rights (ie, Barack Obama). The timing is no coincidence, with Election Day (Nov. 6) just over a week away,
“I recorded ‘You Don’t Own Me’ in 1964,” Gore says in the PSA’s outro. “It’s hard for me to believe, but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes ladies, we’ve got to come together, get out there and vote, and protect our bodies – they’re ours.”

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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