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The face of women’s rights in North America has changed over the last century. It took almost 70 years of the women’s suffrage movement for women to be recognized as voters by the US Federal Government in 1920 – think Susan B. Anthony. The 1930s saw birth control clinics pop up in the US with oral contraceptives making their way to the public in the 60s.
Now that it’s 2015 in North America, there’s hardly any discussion when it comes to a woman’s right to use contraceptives, vote, work alongside men, or retain ownership of their personal property when marrying. Yes, with the exception of a few fundamentalist religious groups, we’ve come a long way. We still have some kinks to work out, but our foremothers made today possible.
The new-school definition of feminism – political, economic and social equality of the sexes – is sparking big conversations with celebs in the media of late. However, I’m fairly certain that by the new definition of feminism, most of us are already ‘feminists’; we’re just unaware of it.
Here’s a look at 15 celebrities who are loud and proud, self-described feminists.
1. Lena Dunham
You cannot write about celebrities and feminism without Lena Dunham’s name coming to mind. The ever-talented and poignant screenwriter, director, and actress of the hit HBO series Girls recently spoke at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon in NYC along with Kim Kardashian, Rachel Weisz, and Whoopi Goldberg. Highlights from Lena’s speech include her acknowledgment of her obviously feminist beliefs, experience as a survivor of sexual assault, and seal of approval for the new non-profit organization, GEMS, which helps low-income women who are former or current sex trade workers or victims of sex trafficking in New York State.