21 Of Our Favourite Celebrity Feminists (Including A Few Men)

21 Of Our Favourite Celebrity Feminists (Including A Few Men)

Who run the world? Girls, of course! Here's a list of some of our favourite celebs who are also feminist flag flyers...

1. RYAN GOSLING "I think women are better than men. They are stronger, more evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately."

2. EMMA WATSON “I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. The HeForShe campaign is about men coming to support women for femininity and for feminine qualities, because they are currently valued less by our society. Femininity needs to be embraced wherever its found, whether it be found in a man or a woman or a non-conforming gender person. Wherever it’s found we need to value it.”

3. HILLARY CLINTON "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my passion, which I entered before my husband was in public life."

4. PHARRELL WILLIAMS “I would love to see a woman run the country. Historically, this world has been run by man. And what would a world be like if 75 percent of our world leaders, our presidents and prime ministers, were female? What would that world be like? We don’t know, because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Or, we’re too busy, you know, not allowing them to make the same amount of money that a man makes.”

5. AMY POEHLER “I think some big actors and musicians feel like they have to speak to their audience and that word is confusing to their audience. But I don’t get it. That’s like someone being like, ‘I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it.’ ”

6. PRINCE HARRY "When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them - their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women, we men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve."

7. BEYONCE “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.” #runtheworld

8. LEIGHTON MEESTER "I don't know if anyone would ever deny being a feminist. It certainly is made into something of a caricature these days. I think it's demonized for the sake of trivializing feminist beliefs. But I think being a feminist simply means you believe in equal rights, and I think if you ask anybody if they believe in equal rights, they'll say yes, man or woman. And if they don't — who the heck would say that?”

9. KERRY WASHINGTON “I do consider myself a feminist. I mean, I love that definition, that it's the whole belief that women are human beings and deserve equal rights, equal access."

10. LENA DUNHAM “Women saying ‘I’m not a feminist’ is my greatest pet peeve. Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist.”

11. ANNE HATHAWAY "Anne hasn't spoken on her position, but good old Lena Dunham has, tweeting, "Ladies: Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth. Let's save our bad attitudes for the ones who aren't advancing the cause."

12. BEN STILLER "I think that in general, there’s a certain ‘men’s club’ sort of attitude about comedy in terms of how men see women. But it goes deeper than that. I think men want to see women in a certain light, it’s subconscious and they’re not even aware of it. It has to do with men’s outlook on women. Hopefully that will change.”

13. JOHN LEGEND “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights, the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered — it leads to a better society.”

14. CHRISSY TEIGEN (JOHN LEGEND’S WIFE) "People have sorely messed up the definition of feminism. It isn’t saying this is wrong and this is right. John’s a bigger feminist than I am! He actually teaches me a lot about the way women should be perceived."

15. OLIVIER ROUSTEING “I think women are running the world now, and there's nothing wrong with it. I really believe in a confident and really strong woman."

16. MILEY CYRUS “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything."

17. TAYLOR SWIFT "I wish when I was 12-years-old I had been able to watch a video of my favorite actress [Emma Watson UN speech for He] explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful, poignant way the definition of feminism. Because I would have understood it. And then earlier on in my life I would have proudly claimed I was a feminist because I would have understood what the word means."

18. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT “I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! We would always watch Lakers games as a family, but my mum would always point out every time the cheerleaders came on, ‘OK, so look, here’s the story that gets told: The men get to be the heroic skilled athletes and the women just get to be pretty.’ She wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies, and in magazines all the time. And if you don’t stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality.”

19. SALMA HAYEK “Feminism means being proud of being a woman, and having love, respect and admiration and the belief in our strong capacities. I don’t think we are the same, women and men. We’re different. But I don’t think we are less than men. There are more women than men in the world – ask any single woman! So it is shocking that men are in more positions of power.”

20. CLAIRE DANES “I am a feminist. And I’m so glad that Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she’s quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not. It’s really f–king crazy. I’m sorry I’m cursing. But it’s wild that women are underrepresented [in Hollywood]. I have real anxiety about directing, and that’s something to question and challenge and correct.”

21. DANIEL CRAIG "Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own one percent of the property... So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”

22. CHRIS HEMSWORTH "Oh yeah, for sure [...] My mum’s a big feminist. I think that my views on things, as far as respect for women and so on, came from my mum. My dad has a very balanced and respectful view on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life.”

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