Joan Jett's new 'Fresh Start' video featuring female candidates will make you so proud you voted

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  • Joan Jett
    Joan Jett
    American musician
  • Gloria Steinem
    Gloria Steinem
    American feminist and journalist
Joan Jett attends the “Bad Reputation” premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Joan Jett attends the “Bad Reputation” premiere during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22, 2018, in Park City, Utah. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

It’s no accident that Joan Jett’s new video hit the internet on Election Day.

The rocker’s new clip features the faces of the record-breaking number of women on the ballot for Tuesday’s midterm elections, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who would become the country’s first black female governor if she wins. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified against Brett Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court confirmation process; feminist leader Gloria Steinem; California Sen. Kamala Harris; and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are some of the other strong women whose pictures flash on the screen during the three-minute clip.

They’re all accompanied by images of America through the years — a rotary phone, a schoolgirl sitting at her desk, members of the now-defunct All American Girls Professional Baseball League — along with some powerful quotes.

“Women will no longer be silenced no matter what party they are in. Period,” one of them reads. That statement comes from former Fox News star Gretchen Carlson, who alleged in a July 2016 lawsuit that she was fired after rejecting sexual advances from her former boss, Roger Ailes. Carlson’s complaint prompted other women to come forward with their own accusations against Ailes, and he stepped down from his commanding position as chairman of Fox News two weeks after Carlson’s lawsuit was filed.

Jett’s new song with the Blackhearts plays in the background. “Sometimes I feel like I’ve been here before/ It’s like the past knocking on my door/ Sometimes I feel like I’m standing still/ Or better yet I’m running up a hill,” Jett sings with the Blackhearts. Then the chorus: “I need a fresh start, let’s go back to the top/ Rewind the tape and reset the clock/ This time, there’s no turning back.”

It’s enough to send even the least inspired voter running to the polls in the minutes before they close, which is the entire point, of course.

Jett has a well-deserved reputation of her own as a barrier-breaking woman. In the ’70s, she was a leader of the Runaways, a band made up of all teenage girls. Later, as Jett recounted in her 2015 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she was turned down by 23 record labels headed up by men. She eventually founded her own Blackheart Records, which continues to operate.

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