Posted: 1:31 pm Friday, March 9th, 2018
With March officially being Women’s History Month in 2018, and March 8th being International Women’s Day, I thought what better way to celebrate than celebrating some of the most influential female celebrities? This list could go on for pages and pages, but I took the liberty of narrowing it down to the top 10 that I feel make all of us proud, and use their voice for good.
I could go on and on about Emma Watson. Besides being known for heroine roles like Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films and Belle in Beauty and the Beast, she is one of the most outspoken feminists of our generation. She is a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and launched the HeForShe campaign. She constantly reminds the world that feminism and man hating are two completely different things, and she is one of the biggest voices in the “Time’s Up” campaign.
Demi is an extremely outspoken artist, as well as inspiring. She has been very public about her drug abuse, bipolar disorder, and body issues, and uses these struggles to help others. Many celebrities choose to keep these type of issues private, but not Demi. She even has her own documentary on YouTube where she goes into great detail about her struggles. Many of her songs such as “Sorry Not Sorry” are considered to be a feminism anthem. She is all about confidence, loving yourself, and female empowerment. Honestly, we couldn’t ask for more.
Aside from being one of the greatest actresses of all time (THE greatest if you ask me!) she is so humble about her success, and that alone makes her influential. Someone at her caliber you would expect to be full of herself and selfish, but that is not the case with Streep. Early in her career, she was denied many roles because casting directors felt that she didn’t “look the part”. Time and time again she has been supportive of women’s rights and feminism. She entered a male dominated industry, and has been in it for four decades, with more Academy Award nominees than any other actor and again…she’s Meryl Streep.
I mean come on. It’s OPRAH! Can you get any better? She is self made, will go down in history as the host of one of the most successful talk shows in history, and she’s Oprah freaking Winfrey. She is one of the wealthiest people in America, and she shares that wealth with those in need and with countless philanthropic organizations around the world. When her show ended, everyone thought that would be it for her. Ha! Think again! This is Oprah. She has her own network, and she’s now starring in movies. There is nothing this woman can’t do.
My favorite first lady. Michelle Obama took the first lady role to new heights during her husbands eight years as President, and it changed the way the role is looked at forever. She was the first African American first lady, she’s a lawyer, and she has degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law School. During her time in the white house, she became a huge role model for women, and an advocate for healthy choices among families and children. Even being out of the White House, she still continues to inspire and advocate the issues that she began advocating while her husband was in office. She is a first lady that those who come after her should aspire to be.
Without her, we wouldn’t have Harry Potter. I know, it’s a scary thought, but it’s just a thought! Because of JK Rowling, millions of people have found themselves in the characters and story of Harry Potter. Her best-selling books have inspired a generation of young readers, but it wasn’t always this easy for her. She is a self-made billionaire, who struggled with many personal struggles with depression. She is one of the most amazing rags to riches story, where a young boy who the world would soon fall in love with, would change her life. Today, she uses her voice to stand up for women everywhere, and those who are going through the same struggles she once did.
Queen Bey is without a doubt one of the most famous and wealthiest female celebrities in the world right now. She inspires many, many young girls today and is an artist that young girls look up to. Beyoncé describes herself as a “modern-day feminist” and a strong, independent business woman. Like Demi Lovato, she has many songs such as “Pretty Hurts” that describe the issues that woman today still have to go through such as society’s expectations of themselves. These songs alone are so encouraging to girls.
I first noticed Viola Davis with her role as Aibileen in “The Help” and I fell in love. I thought “damn, this woman can act”. She continued to star in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” where she became the first African American woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role of Annalise Keating. This was an extremely profound moment, and her acceptance speech was even more profound. She is a huge voice for woman of color, one of the biggest voices in the “Me Too” campaign, and constantly inspiring women of color every single day. She was named one of “Time” magazine most influential people in the world in 2012. And for great reason.
All hail Gaga. From the very beginning, Lady Gaga made it known that she was going to use her voice for good. She is known as a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community, and has spoken out about her support for gay rights since she came onto the music scene. Also being known for her outrageous outfit choices, they all always had a meaning. For example, her infamous meat suit was supposed to represent how society views women as “a piece of meat”. Her music is inspiring, and above all, she herself is an extremely inspiring person.
We wouldn’t have Gaga if we didn’t have Madonna first! Madonna is an icon, it’s as simple as that. She changed music in the 80’s, and she still continues to transform the music industry. Before her, female artists were expected to have certain images and personas and she changed all of that. She has paved the way for every single one of today’s successful female artists. Lady Gaga herself based most of her act around Madonna and has given her credit for inspiring her success. She is as well a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community and radiates female empowerment. What would the world do if there was no Madonna?