Fabulous Famous Feminists

This is a list of famous feminists in mainstream media…I will be adding to it as I go along.  First is a video about feminism with a large number of famous faces.  **DISCLAIMER** Just because I have included certain people in this list does NOT mean that I always identify or believe in their politics or opinions.  I am simply including them for their fight for gender equality and equal rights and the strength in which they speak about these issues.**

Geena Davis is a well-known feminist and activist.  She fronts the Women’s Sports Foundation Campaign (focusing on equality in sports) and she sponsored the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children’s entertainment at the Annenberg School for Communication of University of Southern California.  In 2007, she went on to the launch the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and for her work in this field she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates College.  As far as celebrities are concerned, she’s a feminist superstar!

Video of Geena speaking about gender equality in Hollywood

An article on the work Geena is doing now at the GeenaDavis Institute on Gender and Media

Short video on male and female images in Disney movies that Geena’s Institute created

Hilary Swank has been very vocal about women’s issues and plays strong females characters in the majority of her movies.  She played legendary feminist, Alice Paul (one of the original suffragettes) in the movie Iron Jawed Angels and also took on the role of Amelia Earhart (an American aviation pioneer and women’s rights activist).

Alliance of Women Film Journalists interview with Hilary Swank

Video of Hilary and Gloria Steinem the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill

Iron Jawed Angels video trailer

Alanis Morissette is continually vocal about women’s issues and women’s rights.  She is even currently working on a personal memoir that focuses on these issues.  Her music and her writing has made her a go-to feminist in the celebrity world. An article of Alanis speaking about feminism, Hollywood, and her upcoming memoir Article in which Alanis speaks of her feminist foremothers and her upcoming book

Julia Stiles is vocal about feminism every chance she gets.  She was even asked by popular British magazine, The Guardian, to write on the subject.  She has marched in Washington alongside her feminist peers and was even immortalized on MTV for actively and proudly proclaiming, “I’m a feminist!”

Article Julia wrote for The Guardian on her role in Mona Lisa Smile

Article in Elle Magazine where Julia discusses feminism and her liberal upbringing

Ashley Judd is a well-known feminist who has marched on Washington, appeared in PSAs for gender equality, and spoken at numerous women’s functions on the issue of equality.  Judd even testified at a Congressional hearing on the urgency to address gender equality in the battle against HIV/AIDS in developing nations as a global ambassador for Youth Aids.

Article and activist ad campaign for feminism in Ms. Magazine with other celebrities

Video of Ashley speaking out on pro-choice for NARAL

Ryan Gosling is a proud and self-proclaimed male feminist and has often spoken out about gender equality, especially in the media.  He has marched with friends and girlfriends in Women’s rallies and even actively fought the rating on his latest film, Blue Valentine, stating, “It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self.”

Blog on Gosling’s attempts to remove the anti-feminist rating on Blue Valentine

Article from Women in Hollywood magazine honoring Ryan as “Hollywood Feminist of the Day”

Ellen Page is not afraid of the word feminist.  She has several times dropped the F-bomb in magazine interviews and spoken openly about her thoughts on gender equality and abortion.  She has a starring role in the upcoming Whip It, which has been touted as the “feminist movie of the decade”.

Article where Ellen talks about Feminism, Abortion, and women in Hollywood

Whip It trailer starring Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page

Janeane Garafolo‘s liberal, snarky and tongue-in-cheek wit has made her a go-to funny girl for liberals everywhere.  Though she would definitely qualify as extreme in some cases, her outspoken ways and activism regarding women’s issues have earned her a spot on this list.  She’s long been honest about her personal insecurities and the problems she’s encountered in Hollywood as a woman.

Funny Interview discussing Rush Limbaugh’s sexist remarks toward women

Interview with progressive magazine discussing feminism and politics

Ani Difranco is a singer/songwriter that has devoted much of her music to the struggles of women.  Her feminist anthem “Not a Pretty Girl” says it all.  She has marched in Washington for women’s rights, openly spoken and written about feminism, and of course uses her immense talent to reach women through music.

Interview in The Portland Press about feminism and becoming a Mother

Interview with Ani about Patriarchy

Video of Ani being interviewed on The Hour by George Stroumbo

The Dalai Lama has publicly claimed he is a feminist and has long been a promoter of equal rights among minority groups. He has spoken with many women’s groups on increasing women’s power and using women’s natural instinct for compassion for the greater good of humanity.   His message of peace of love has been carried across nations.  Who can argue with the Dalai Lama?  Not me!

Article in The Huffington Post in which the Dalai Lama claims to be a feminist

Information on his seminars Women and Peace Building

Sarah Maclachlan was named “the face of feminism” after putting together and promoting the all-female artist lineup of the hugely popular Lilith Fair. She built this concert series as a response to the backlash feminism was receiving in the 90s and as a way to bring amazing female artists into the limelight.

An interview where Sarah discusses feminism, Lilith fair and being a mother of daughters

Lilith Fair official website

Margaret Cho, in her loud-mouthed witty way, has always claimed to be a feminist and has become the funny woman’s champion of women’s rights.  She’s openly talked about the hurt and struggles she faced when she starred in her own series, All American Girl and the pressure she had from the producers and the press to lose weight and fit into a certain mold.

Interview with Margaret in The Huffington Post where she speaks about women in the media

Blog entry using quotes from Margaret about being your own kind of feminist

I tried to include celebrities that will actually use the word “feminist” with pride.  There are many other celebrities whose actions portray feministic qualities, but won’t claim the word.  Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, I’m talking to you!  These women still do amazing work for women and girls but have yet to publicly claim the word.

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1 Comment

  1. karen millen said,

    I like you article,thank you very much!

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