Just this month, Emma Watson was forced to defend her decision to be photographed topless for Vanity Fair, after critics called her a “hypocrite.” In their minds, it was impossible for Watson to be the empowered, feminist woman she claims to be, while also being in possession of two breasts that she’d showcase to the world.
She may have lost out on the presidency to the most orange man in the world, but Hillary Clinton is still our hero. He concession speech encouraging women to go after what they want will go down in history.
Tina Fey is funny, intelligent, and a devout feminist. Despite working in a male dominated field for decades, she’s more than happy to help other women up, encourage reproductive rights, and promote equality.
Serena Williams holds the most major titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis, so when an interview asked her if she’d like to be remembered as one of the greatest female athletes of all time – she replied:
Mindy Kaling is another one of our comedy favourites. But as with many other actresses, singers, politicians and playwrights, critics are keen to comment on ‘where Mindy’s baby is’ while she’s out.
Mr Bond might be criticised for being sexist, but Daniel Craig certainly is not.
Shonda Rimes has created some of the most successful television series of all time, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, but she’s not wowed by her own abilities.
Despite her tender years, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams sure has got a smart head on her shoulders. Now this is why Millenials are going to save the world:
We’ve been guilty of objectifying Tom Hardy (sorry Tom), but that aside, the talented Brit is also a staunch feminist who believes in creating opportunities for women. Plus, you've got to remember that time, during a Mad Max press conference, when he took down a reporter who asked him: "Did you ever think 'Why are all these women here?'" Watch the video above for this reaction.
Harry Potter writer J.K.Rowling is one of our favourite Twitter friends. She stands up for the minorities, never bows down to the bullies, and always makes her point eloquently. Case in point is the below:
With one of the most celebrated voices on the planet, Adele is one of our favourite singers out there. Not least because, despite her multi-million dollar success, she maintains an element of normality amidst all the celebrity chaos. Oh, and because she said this about shaving her legs:
His grandma is one of the most powerful women in the world. So it should come as no surprises that Prince Harry believes in girl power.
Actress Zoe says she has no time to sit around “moping” about the lack of opportunities out there for women. Instead, she wants to create them.
Madonna gets a bad rep because she refuses to conform to what we expect a 50-something woman should be like. She wears what she wants, says what she wants, and isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers.
Sheryl Sandberg might not quite fall into the celeb category, but she’s one kick-ass woman in business who we admire immensely (Sheryl is the CEO of Facebook.) This year, she introduced increased bereavement leave for Facebook employees, after losing her husband suddenly in 2015.
Michelle Obama was everything we wanted in a First Lady. Strong, passionate, intelligent, accepting. With numerous quotes about diversity and feminism, it was hard to pick just one. But perhaps this succinct message to women everywhere just about clinches it.
Reese Witherspoon might look like butter wouldn’t melt, but she’s one of the highest earning actresses, a mum, and business owner to boot. We think she puts it best when she channels her most infamous character, Legally Blonde's Elle Woods: