American History: June 22–Meryl Streep’s Birthday–Special Present

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Meryl Streep is considered to be the finest actresses of her generation.
But she’s also considered to be a prime campaigner when it comes to women’s initiatives.
From essaying roles of powerful women onscreen to standing up for women’s rights offscreen, Meryl Streep is a true icon.
As the actress celebrates her birthday on June 22, we celebrate her strong persona by remembering one of her biggest gestures for women’s history.

In 2012, she won her third Oscar (and second Best Actress) for playing Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

While playing one historical figure, Streep made became involved in securing the future of other iconic women from the past by donating her salary towards The National Women’s History Museum in US.

During her appearance on Ellen in 2012, she admitted to have not taken a dollar out of the film. She donated it to all for the preservation of women’s history.

While speaking to Ellen, the Oscar-winning actress said, “Women’s history needs to be told. There are millions of stories in history that we don’t know about. We don’t know the first woman who took a bullet for her country.”

In another interview to CBS during The Iron Lady’s release, Streep spoke how the film made her realize why she must do something for the Women’s history museum.

She has promote women’s initiatives through various organizations, including The Writer’s Lab for female screenwriters, Girl Up for women’s empowerment among others.

Today, she received a unique gift for her 72nd birthday.

Artist and photographer Adrian Wilson and artist-production designer Matt Duncan joined forces to honor the actress by changing the 72nd Street subway signs in N.Y.C.’s Manhattan borough to read “72 Streep” instead.

Meryl Streep in glasses looking at the camera© Dia Dipasupil/Getty Meryl Streep

Wilson revealed on his Instagram Story that the “P” stickers on the subway signs were real, while a street sign reading “W 72 Streep,” was Photoshopped.

“The chap with the cherry picker let me down … so you’ll have to settle for the photoshop mockup for this birthday surprise 😎,” he joked alongside the latter post.