Let’s Celebrate Women’s Equality Day with 11 Female Celebrities Who Spoke Out for and About Us This Year

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We’ve still got a long way to go, but let’s celebrate with these kickass women who stood up for us all this year. Happy Women’s Equality Day!

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Beyoncé 

Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity—or, for that matter, your masculinity. We’re not all just one thing. Everyone who believes in equal rights for men and women doesn’t speak the same, or dress the same, or think the same. If a man can do it, a woman should be able to. It’s that simple. If your son can do it, your daughter should be able to.

 

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Maisie Williams

I also feel like we should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’t feminist ‘sexist’ – and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist.

 

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Michelle Obama (Her husband is no slouch, either.)

… Hillary Clinton, who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks on that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.

 

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Robin Wright

I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it. I was like, ‘You better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.

 

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Gillian Anderson (It’s Bond. Jane Bond) on fighting to get paid the same as her X-Files co-star David Duchovny:

I’m surprised that more [interviewers] haven’t brought that up because it’s the truth. Especially in this climate of women talking about the reality of [unequal pay] in this business, I think it’s important that it gets heard and voiced. It was shocking to me, given all the work that I had done in the past to get us to be paid fairly. I worked really hard toward that and finally got somewhere with it.

 

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Jennifer Aniston

We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone …. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.

 

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Angela Bassett

Growing up, I learned that sex was one of three basic needs of human kind. It’s not just a basic need for men—it’s a basic need for women as well.

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And then there’s the opportunity to meet people who have had a positive response, and have moments of standing up to bosses or people who have put them down, and have thought about what Peggy would do in that situation. That’s just so humbling, and such a joy …. With that obviously comes the feeling of responsibility. It has made me kind of question me, really. About my position as a woman in this industry, and I’m delighted that so many women, audience members and actors alike, are talking about it. That it’s coming to the real forefront of the debate of sexism within the industry. So, long may it continue.

 

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Geena Davis

No one can ever say again, ‘Men won’t watch women.’ No one is ever allowed, for as long as we live. It’s over! The biggest movie in the universe stars a woman.

 

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Daisy Ridley

‘Real women’ are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don’t have families. I am a ‘real woman’ like every other woman in this world.

 

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Ruth Negga

I want the portrayal of women on screen and television to allow me to feel like it’s okay to be the anti-hero. It’s not determined by sex, or it shouldn’t be, but we’ve been sort of trained to think that, that this is road for women, and this is the road for men. I think that’s boring, and I think it’s just wrong.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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