In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite celebrity parents who are also feminists, including Susan Sarandon, Alan Alda, and of course, Angelina Jolie. (Sorry, Patricia Heaton. I don’t think we can put you on this list, if you know what I mean.)
We applaud these parents for using their public image to promote the well-being of women, from recent Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, who is planning on opening a Women’s History Museum in the future, to Whoopi Goldberg, who famously posed in Ms. magazine wearing a shirt that said, “This is what a feminist looks like.” Others, like Tina Fey and Geena Davis, have publicly spoken about the need to create better roles in film and TV for women.
Check out our photo gallery here and tell us what you think. How are you celebrating International Women’s Day? Do you plan on doing something special with your daughters?
Susan Sarandon 1 of 15Back in 2008, Susan narrated a documentary called The Shape of Water, which is about five women from Brazil, India, Jerusalem and Senegal as they deal with the issues facing women including harassment and economic justice. Susan said of the film: "These women represent films which have resulted in a tipping of consciousness and made a difference."
Source: Women and Hollywood
Whoopi Goldberg 2 of 15Before she joined the late-afternoon gab fest known as The View, Whoopi Goldberg has raised money on behalf of the homeless and Afghan women. She's marched for choice and equal rights ... One of the many pro-active things she's done is to tell the story of her own abortion (in the bad old coat-hanger days), in a book called The Choices We Made: 25 Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.
Source: Ms. Magazine
Alan Alda 3 of 15M*A*S*H actor and dad Alan Alda is a well-known supporter of feminist causes. Alda campaigned extensively for the passage of the Equal Rights amendment, and was even appointed to serve on the National Commission for the Observance of the International Women's Year in 1976.
Source: The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Geena Davis 4 of 15If it were up to Geena Davis alone, she'd make sure there would be more powerful roles for women in Hollywood. The actress says, "The absence of female characters is impactful. If they created more female characters in these films then the one girl wouldn't have to be perfect and all things to all people. The boy characters are rich and diverse. Why can't there be rich and diverse female characters?"
Source: Women and Hollywood
Tina Fey 5 of 15As the executive producer of 30 Rock, celebrated writer of movies like Mean Girls and Baby Mama and mom to two daughters, Tina Fey is committed to putting women in the spotlight. While some have wondered if Tina Fey's "undercover feminism" is a hindrance or helpful, we say another prominent, admirable female comedian in mainstream media certainly can't hurt.
"I know older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work. The women, though, they're all â€˜crazy.' I have a suspicion — and hear me out, because this is a rough one — that the definition of â€˜crazy' in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to f*ck her anymore." Source: Quotables
Jane Fonda 6 of 15Pioneering feminist Jane is the definition of female strength. This mom of three is an honorary chairperson of the globally known play The Vagina Monologues and has founded the Jane Fonda Center for Reproductive Health at Emory University. At 73, she still kicks butt and makes it look good.
"There was a moment in my public speaking around '73 — the war was still going on — I was making a speech, there must have been 5,000 people, and I said, â€˜You know, I grew up thinking that a woman couldn't change anything,' and I was numb and I came from a very personal place, and said, 'If I can change — anybody can change.'"
Matthew Broderick 7 of 15Actor and dad to three Matthew Broderick has spoken on a woman's right to choose in the past. He has said, "I often feel myself that the government is this huge, untouchable thing, and it is. It's daunting. But they do things, because they are about to take away a woman's right to choose. I really believe they are. They have power and it's time to say something if you don't agree. It's time to act."
Salma Hayek 8 of 15Salma gets a special Mom Feminist award for teaming with UNICEF and Pampers to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
"In our own small way, this is an opportunity for moms like me here in the U.S. to help other mothers on a global level. I'm honored to work with Pampers and UNICEF to help raise awareness of this important program."
Source Women and Hollywood
Eddie Vedder 9 of 15Pearl Jam frontman and dad to two daughters is known for his support of a woman's right to choose. During a 1992 MTV Unplugged performance, Vedder pulled out a marker and wrote "pro-choice" down his arm. Talk about wearing your beliefs on your sleeve!
Source: Yahoo! Voices
Reese Witherspoon 10 of 15Remember this quote from the MTV Movie Awards? Our favorite girl-next-door hit the nail on the head by sending the message that up-and-coming actresses don't need to conform to Hollywood's "sexy" standards to succeed. Ever since then, I've loved Reese. More recently, she's spoken out against domestic violence and hopes to see more women as writers, directors, and producers in the entertainment industry.
"Girls, I know it's cool to be bad, but it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and hid it under your bed. And if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you would hide your face. For all the girls out there, it's possible to be a good girl. I'm going to try to make it cool."
Source: Lipstick Feminists
Angelina Jolie 11 of 15Many call Angelina Jolie a modern feminist icon. In her role for the film Salt, which was originally written for Tom Cruise, she showed the world how easy and effortless it was for her to do a man's job well.
"Well I've never underestimated women. So I'm not surprised to start seeing women do these things, I just think it was, and that's why we didn't actually approach it as, 'Salt's a woman.' We just approached it as, 'Salt's a badass and happens to be a woman,' and this should be no huge surprise for anybody.
Bill Clinton 12 of 15Okay, you may not have found Bill Clinton topping any "Famous Feminists" lists during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but since then, Clinton has emerged as a voice for empowering girls and women, thanks to his work with the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton has also supported keeping abortion legal while in office and while helping his wife Hillary campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Source: Girls Report
Meryl Streep 13 of 15A recent Oscar winner for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher on screen in The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep now has her sights set on creating The National Women's History Museum, adjacent to the National Mall in our nation's capital. Streep herself has donated $1 million to the project.
Source: Huffington Post
Natalie Portman 14 of 15Natalie irked some feminists with her 2011 Oscar speech in which she described motherhood as her "most important life role." While some took offense that Portman implied that her other life successes didn't compare to being a mother, we think she couldn't couldn't have been more right. #TeamMom
Source: The Week
John Lennon 15 of 15In a recently published 1980 Rolling Stone interview with the late former Beatle and dad to Julian, John Lennon revealed his belief that women's leadership should be embraced, both in the personal and political spheres. During his career, Lennon released songs decrying sexism, earning him a spot in the 1992 documentary, Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States 1776-1990.
Source: Huffington Post