After rounding up some iconic feminist moments in recent years, we wanted to delve a little deeper. This time around, we're sharing a glimpse of five badass change-makers who inspire us on the daily.
Not only is Serena Williams, a world-class tennis player boasting 23 grand slam titles and record-breaking accolades, but she's also a total badass. When it comes to being unapologetically herself, speaking her mind and calling out bullshit, Serena is nothing but an inspiration. From building schools in Jamaica and Kenya to address gender disparity in education, to joining the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse initiative and the "I Touch Myself" campaign, Serena is a feminist that gets shit done.
"The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind and above all, be humble."
With feminism at the core of her work, Emma Watson inspires us on the daily. Over the years, Emma has used her platform to shine a light on gender equality, leading her to be appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014. In her own words, women's rights "are something so inextricably linked" with who she is and she practises that day in, day out. From her HeForShe campaign encouraging male allyship to continuously empowering women all over the globe, Emma is a real badass.
"We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop. Women should feel free."
Amy Poehler is a woman of many talents, from writing books and scripts to making us laugh on the regular, she's a force to be reckoned with. Whether she's working hard on her latest on-screen project or speaking candidly about her real-life experiences, Amy champions feminism across the board. From her award-winning book, Yes Please, which is packed full of feminist quotes, to calling out gender equality in the media, Amy certainly isn't afraid to speak her mind.
"'Good for her! Not for me.' That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me."
At just 21-years-old, Amandla Stenberg has a whole lot of wisdom to share. From her school project turned viral video "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows", to her role in The Hate U Give, Amandla is part of a new generation of celebrity feminists who truly practise what they preach. As a young woman who is unapologetically Black, forward-thinking and wise beyond her years, we're excited to see what Amandla does next. Whatever it is, it will be something special.
"My activism does not need proof to be real. It exists in the work of my bones against weight in the morning".
Endlessly talented? Check. Hilarious? Check. Open? Check. Badass bitch? Check. Although she never signed up to be a role model, Mindy was dubbed one of the top 100 influential people in the world by Times magazine in 2013. We can see why. Over the years, Mindy has used her platform and projects to challenge race and gender inequality, highlight micro-aggressions and become a voice for the oppressed. As a champion of equality, not sympathy – which is the root of feminism, Mindy is leading by example.
"I will leave you with one last piece of advice, which is: If you've got it, flaunt it. And if you don't got it? Flaunt it.' Cause what are we even doing here if we're not flaunting it?"
With women like this given the platforms to drive lasting change, there’s hope for the future! Who inspires you?! Let us know over on our Instagram here.