On this International Women’s Day, here’s looking back at all the ladies who spoke up for our tribe
Because the only way forward is together
The celebration of womanhood is not restricted to women’s day. Neither are the multitudes of female leaders who have and continue to help us see a brighter, more hopeful horizon through their continued acts and words of resilience and grit. The world has been audience to the struggle of women through the generations but it is only with shared, collective experience and empathy that we find the strength in us, every woman and person who identifies as one.
So, this International Women’s Day and its theme that says Each for Equal, let’s look back at all the celebrity feminists who have put their money where their mouth is, and seized every opportunity to voice their opinions without filters of gender expectations; they’ve carved the way to success with their own hands, and made sure that they take the fellow ladies along on that journey.
As Riri said, “If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that we can fix this world together. We can’t do it divided.”
Here’s looking at you, ladies.
"Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.”
― Emma Watson
“People's reaction to me is sometimes "Uch, I just don't like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great." But it's not that I think I'm so great. I just don't hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don't let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don't hate themselves. So that's why you need to be a little bit brave.”
― Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?
"The question is, how do we see women? When it comes to portraying women on screen, we hardly see any representation of women over 30. So does that mean we don't want to know about women once they cross 30 and have a husband and children?"
― Konkona Sen Sharma
"I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because I choose to. Women can be sexual AND talented. Naked and dignified. It’s OUR choice & we will keep fighting till people understand. I say this [with] all due respect but thank u, next."
― Ariana Grande
― Jameela Jamil
“Frankly, Indian women inherit this collective cultural unconscious—this sense of guilt, shame, and dishonour. I think Indian girls need to become shameless and a little selfish, too.”
― Swara Bhaskar
“I don’t think we provide an environment to our women to speak up about sexual abuse. We only listen to people once they are successful or famous. Sexual abuse is a power of game. Those in power take advantage of those less in power.”
― Kalki Koechlin
"Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us. We have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say 'I can do that and I should be allowed to do that."
― Glenn Close
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
"Women, I love. I just love the fact that women love me, and it makes me love them so much back."
― Chrissy Teigen