Sigourney Weaver, whose first name at birth was Susan, was born and raised in New York City.

Weaver says she’s not all that into organized religion, despite considering a conversion to Judaism for a while. After volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel after high school, she said the conservative culture turned her off. ((Sigourney Weaver is “Incensed by Sarah Palin.” Just Jared.))

With that said, her Scottish1 and English2 ancestry implies some sort of Protestant background somewhere down the line.

But, when it all comes down to it, Weaver remains in the non-religious pile. Politics on the hand, is an entirely different story.

Leave It to the Women

Sigourney Weaver is an active and passionate Democrat. She has been donating to Democratic candidates and organizations since 1991,3 and she supported Barack Obama wholeheartedly in his first and second presidential elections.4

During the Obamney election cycle in 2012, she said she has always thrown her support behind the Democrats because they are the party of the people. She said,

The Democrats are always going to be about what the people need. And the Republicans are much more serving big business, and I don’t think we can afford to serve big business for another four years with Mr. Romney.5

But that doesn’t mean that Obama is beyond her criticism. In her role as an environmentalist, she spoke out against the Obama administration’s off-shore drilling plan only months before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.6 Her other environmental work includes protesting a dam-building project on the Brazilian Amazon7 and advocating for the world’s oceans in front of the United Nations General Assembly,8 among other things.

Despite being involved and active in her country’s politics, Weaver said she wouldn’t run for political office herself,9 but she does believe more women on the political field would improve the current situation. She said,

Women speak right out. From the heart, not a prompter. We’re not in this for ego or power. We can work together. Ask questions nobody asks. Roll up our sleeves, don’t intimidate, get things done in a different way. . . . Business as usual isn’t working. A female’s needed to stir things up, get our country moving again. This stalemate in Washington can be broken by a woman.10

Maybe so. Well, if Hillary Clinton is up for the task in 2016, we know she’ll have Weaver’s support.11

  1. Weaver’s Scottish Ancestry Mix-up. Contactmusic. []
  2. Sigourney Weaver: ‘I love being half English. England means great courage, great standards and great wit.’ Daily Mail. []
  3. Sigourney Weaver’s Federal Campaign Contribution Report. Newsmeat. []
  4. Sigourney Weaver on supporting President Obama for re-election. Current TV. []
  5. Sigourney Weaver: Dems About ‘The People'; GOP Just ‘Serving Big Business.’ NewsBusters. []
  6. Actress Sigourney Weaver Criticizes President Obama. CNS News. []
  7. 2011 Rachel Carson Award Winners. The Daily Green. []
  8. UN to Consider Deep Sea Trawling Ban. Common Dreams. []
  9. Sigourney Weaver on supporting President Obama for re-election. Current TV. []
  10. Sigourney Weaver Talks Women In Politics And ‘Political Animals.’ Huffington Post. []
  11. Sigourney Weaver on supporting President Obama for re-election. Current TV. []