Why Everyone Needs to Talk about Laverne Cox

laverne_coxWomen have made strides in recent society today, such as raising awareness for equality. But, there are certain groups that remain poorly represented and misunderstood in the media. Actress, model and spokeswoman Laverne Cox sheds light on transgender individuals in society—and she’s making it look good, too.

Cox is a transgender woman who has been in the Hollywood scene since the early 2000s. She is a groundbreaking woman that is changing Hollywood. According to her website, she was the first transgender woman of color to appear on a reality TV show, the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a television show, first transgender woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, and is the first transgender woman to appear on Time magazine’s cover. In 2013, Time Magazine named her character on Orange is the New Black, Sophia Burset, as the fourth most influential fictional character of 2013.

Cox has recently been known for her advocating for the transgender community in society. She is currently traveling across the country to speak on campuses. According to her website, Cox’s message is to “move beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country.”

But why should you care about Laverne Cox? Because she’s redefining Hollywood. She’s bringing minorities into television shows and newscasts. She’s featured in articles that shed light on the transgender community and how they live in the United States.

In history, there have been standout leaders that broke the stereotypes of minorities. Laverne Cox is leading the transgender community through her fame and advocacy, and from the looks of what she’s already achieved, she will successfully shed light on this minority throughout the world.

Rachel Rogala

Ohio University Women’s Center Volunteer

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About Ohio U Women's Center

The Ohio University Women’s Center serves and responds to the needs of OU women students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Founded in 2007, the center is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for all members of the community through programs, resources, referrals, advocacy, and education. Located in Baker University Center 403.
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