Saying it’s time to “step up to the plate,” pop star Cher encouraged a huge crowd at a women’s rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to be strong and keep fighting for their rights.
The 71-year-old singer and actress, whose hit songs include “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” received rousing applause from the thousands of women who filled Sam Boyd Stadium at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, Cher implored the crowd to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm election, saying women won the right to vote in 1920 and that it’s about time to “own it.”
“What I’m going to tell you, you know, is it’s time to step up to the plate and deserve it and to own it,” Cher said. “If you don’t take it, no one is going to give it to you.”
She spoke of her own fight to win respect in business ventures.
“It took me a long, long time to get back the power that you see that I have, you know,” she said. “And even now, it’s so crazy, like doing business, I have to ask three times for what a man would have to ask for once. And when I ask for it … like if you ask for it, ‘You’re a b—-.’ If you don’t ask for it, they just run you over.”
Cher said she realizes there are men who show respect for women: “These are the guys who are raised by women like me.”
The pop icon added, “This is one of the worst times in our history, and that’s why I honestly believe that women are going to be the ones who fix it,” Cher said. “And that’s no bulls—. If you want a job done right, get a woman.”
Referring to the 1930s dance duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Cher told the crowd how people used to praise Astaire for being the greatest dancer in the world while often ignoring Rogers’ talent.
“Then somebody said, ‘Yeah, but she does it backwards in heels,'” Cher said. “And that’s what women are, we do it backwards and in heels. So this is all I have to tell you, just stay strong and remember, if you don’t have a vote, you don’t have a voice.”
The rally in Las Vegas was organized to launch an effort to register a million voters and impact such swing states at Nevada in the midterm elections in November.