Wonder Woman of the Week: Anne Hathaway raises awareness for Nia Wilson’s murder


Anne Hathaway is using her large platform for good by raising awareness about the murder of Nia Wilson and the issue of violence against women of color.

The subject of this week’s Wonder Woman of the Week is heavy, but it is an important issue that needs to be talked about. Nia Wilson was murdered at a train station in Oakland, California when a man stabbed her and her sister Lahtifa Wilson while they waited on the train platform.

While Anne Hathaway is far from the only person talking about this tragedy, using her large following and celebrity platform to bring attention to this tragic incident is worth noting and appreciating. Because of her posts on Instagram, the topic reached a larger audience that otherwise might not have known what happened or engaged in the issue.

In her first post about the topic six days ago, she wrote:

"White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS.  White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence."

She also posted about Nia Wilson three days after the first post saying, “I want to hold the space for Nia for longer.”

Anne Hathaway has consistently spoken up about a variety of human rights issues including LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. In 2008, she was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Ally award. While the death of Nia Wilson shouldn’t be and is not about Hathaway, it is always comforting to see celebrities who do their best to raise awareness of important issues and speak out.

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We hope that more celebrities will use their social media platforms to raise awareness about gendered violence and violence against people of color. Those interested in being involved in justice for Nia Wilson can support the GoFundMe set up by her family.