Hillary Clinton Inspired Part Of Jennifer Lopez's New Music Video — And It's All Sorts Of Empowering

The message still resonates today.

Jennifer Lopez's new music video for her song "Ain't Your Mama," released Friday, is uncompromisingly feminist. It's an anthem released in an age where girl power anthems have become the norm, if not the rule. Unlike many of the anthems that came before it, though, it grounds its message in real-world hope and idealism — and, powerfully, samples one of Hillary Clinton's most famous speeches. 

The video is a trip through time and features Lopez playing different exploited women who are standing up for their rights at home and in the workplace. Towards the beginning, as Lopez prepares for the workday on-screen, a line plays from the then-first lady's 1995 speech in Beijing.

"Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all," Clinton said in the speech, which became a hallmark moment in the women's rights movement.

Before giving the speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, White House aides questioned if it was a good idea to have a first lady deliver a major international speech. During her remarks, Clinton addressed the oppression that women face around the world.

20 years later, there's still a lot of work to be done, as Lopez makes clear.

"I believe it's time for a full and clear-eyed look at how far we have come, how far we still have to go and what we plan to do together about the unfinished business of the 21st century: the full and equal participation of women," Clinton said in 2013, reflecting on the impact of her speech, according to The Washington Post. "Whether we are talking about empowering and connecting women in economics or health care or education or politics, it all comes back to a question of the full and equal participation of women versus their marginalization."

In addition to Clinton's speech in the music video, Lopez also sampled quotes from Patricia Arquette's 2015 Oscar speech on equal pay and Gloria Steinem's 1971 women's revolution speech.

(H/T: Billboard)


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