We take a look at the proud feminists in the entertainment world which include both male and female stars standing up for what they believe in. The feminist movement gathers support from people from all walks of life but especially these celebrities.
Actress Claire Danes is famous for her lead role in the ever popular series, Homeland. She has mastered the role of a CIA agent suffering from bipolar whose job is to tackle terrorists. Her acting skills in the series has earn’t her the respect as an actress so now she is using this platform to talk about feminism. During an interview with Glamour Magazine, Danes made is clear that she was a proud feminist.
“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.” – Claire Danes
John Legend is proud to stand up for what he believes in. His wife Chrissy Teigen is known to play a major role in his life being the best mother and wife possible. So being a feminist for John will be second nature and he has shown just that. He was recently raising money for a charity called ‘Chime for Change’ when he stated that all men should become feminists.
“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.” – John Legend
X-Men star Ellen Page is not afraid of speaking up about what she believes in. She has made it her mission to express her wish for everyone to become a part of the feminist movement. Ellen wants it viewed as a positive move and not a radical one. She opened up to the Guardian about what she would like for the future.
“I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists … but how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word? … Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement — good. It should be. A lot of what the radical feminists [in the 1970s] were saying, I don’t disagree with it.” – Ellen Page
Famous for his major acting role in Star Trek, Patrick has used his platform to speak openly about being a feminist. He encourage men to get involved with the feminist movement just as much as women. Making domestic violence his subject focus.
“The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence — everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine — and change — the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same.” – Patrick Stewart
Actor Emma Watson has played a major role in giving feminism the platform it needs. For years she has stood up for what she believes in. Emma feels that romance plays a major role now the feminist movement is getting stronger. She expresses her desires for romance to become redefined in a way that was achievable and realistic.
“I’m a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love — and it being more important and special than anything and everything else. I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.”