Leaving her vacationing family behind, Malia Obama headed to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this week. But it wasn’t just research for her future internship with legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein that Malia had on the brain. Following President Trump’s orders to advance building of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines, the former First Daughter was also spotted attending a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. It’s a move that has garnered her some serious praise from many, one of #NoDKPL’s biggest supporters, Shailene Woodley (who was arrested over the issue) being no exception.
Speaking with Democracy Now, actress and activist Shailene gushed about Malia’s involvement with the cause, saying: “It was amazing to see Malia. I saw her last night when we did the event with Chairman Dave Archambault. And it was incredible to see her there.”
“To witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but [as] someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to,” continued Shailene. “Because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.” Now THAT’S what we call a #GirlBoss!
With badass ladies (and gents) like these two continuing their vocal support of the things that matter most to them, there’s much to be hopeful for yet.
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(h/t Glamour, photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez + Kevin Mazu/Getty)