Daytime Stars March for Women’s Rights Around the Country


Some soap opera faves  took to the streets Saturday to voice support for the rights women. The day before, Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Trump’s opponents have expressed concern that he and his administration will dismantle many of the legal protections afforded women. A march inspired by one such opponent that gathered in Washington, D.C. the day after Trump’s inauguration inspired marches around the country. Some of daytime’s brightest stars made appearances.

An Impassioned Explanation

Soap vet Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) posted a pic to Instagram of himself, his wife, and his infant son at a rally in Los Angeles. He explained how their life experiences informed their decision to march.

A Song of Freedom

Camryn Grimes (Mariah Copeland, “The Young and the Restless”) also posted to the photo sharing site. She echoed a song from “Les Miserables”  in her caption. “Do You Hear the People Sing?” gave voice to the growing French rebellion in that iconic play. Ironically, Trump played it at a rally during his campaign for president last year. She was in Los Angeles.

A Particularly Significant Appearance

Karla Mosley portrays a trans-woman, Maya Avant, on “Bold and the Beautiful.” She Tweeted about the powerful emotions attending the march in the nation’s capitol elicited in her.

A Bad Guy In Port Charles, a Good Guy in Real Life

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos Rivera, “General Hospital”) shared a photo of himself and three male friends at the same march. He wrote of how their attendance at it was a show of solidarity with women.

A Strong Woman On and Off-Screen

Haley Pullos (Molly Lansing-Davis, “General Hospital”) was also attended the march in LA, complete with a clever protest placard. She donned a pink hat as did marchers as around the nation.

The Home of Country Music, the Soundtrack of Lament

Nashville has become a primary or secondary home for many soap stars who are passionate about country music. Tricia Cast (ex-Nina Webster, “The Young and the Restless”) took part in a march there. She and a “new friend” can be seen beaming with joy in her Instagram shot.

Naughty in Salem, Principled in Real Life

Tamara Braun (Ava Vitali, “Days of Our Lives) has played a few powerful women in daytime. Those characters have run the gamut from full-on villains to classic soap heroines. The actress often posts to social media about her strong beliefs about social justice. This weekend she did just that.

I grew up in a home of equality. My dad cooked, cleaned, changed the brakes on the car, took out the garbage, did whatever needed to be done along with my mother to raise 3 boys. My father treated my mother with love and respect and demanded that my brothers and I did the same. I am grateful everyday, that’s what I was taught. Paloma was raised by a single mother that not only taught her to value herself but also showed her to celebrate being a woman. I am grateful everyday for that. To me, there is no greater responsibility than raising a compassionate, brave, thoughtful son to march this earth and respect the ground he marches on and the people he marches beside. Some may think today was misguided, a waste of time..I disagree. 🙏🏼❤

A photo posted by Jason Thompson (@myjasonthompson) on

Do you hear the people sing? #WomensMarchLA

A photo posted by Camryn Grimes (@camryngrimes) on

Brothers in peace. Supporting our incredible women!! ❤️ #womensmarch #piratesforpeace #weShallOverComb

A photo posted by Jeffrey Vincent Parise (@jeffparise) on

(clearly im very creative with my poses)

A photo posted by Haley Pullos (@haley_pullos) on

#womensmarchnashville #newfriends

A photo posted by Tricia Cast (@triciacast) on

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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