There's something so satisfying about a celebrity who's willing to come out of the feminist closet. Women in pop culture hold a unique position of power that allows them to push the movement further into the mainstream simply by owning the title "feminist." So many women (and men) are still hiding out in the feminist closest, afraid of becoming associated with the dreaded "f-word." But "out" feminist celebrities can put a friendly face on a concept that many people still inexplicably associate with bra-burning and man-hating. So, thanks ladies! You're helping push the movement forward one f-word at a time.
Here's a few quotes from women who have proudly (or maybe tentatively) owned up to being feminists...
"There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione's not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad...I'm a bit of a feminist, I'm very competitive and challenging...When I was 9 or 10, I would get really upset when they tried to make me look geeky, but now I absolutely love it. I find it's so much pressure to be beautiful. Hermione doesn't care what she looks like.”
-- Emma Watson (via Feministing)
"I am a feminist and I am totally pro-choice, but what's funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don't love abortion but I want women to be able to choose and I don't want white dudes in an office being able to make laws on things like this. I mean what are we going to do – go back to clothes hangers?"
-- Ellen Page (via The Guardian)
"I think I am a feminist, in a way. It's not something I consciously decided I was going to be; perhaps it's because I grew up in a singing group with other women, and that was so helpful to me...I think we learn a lot from our female friends - female friendship is very, very important. It’s good to support each other and I do try to put that message in my music."
-- Beyonce Knowles (via Digital Spy)