Tina Fey's career in and of itself is inspiring, and she's known for shutting down sexism in more than just her writing. At the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala in New York City in 2012, she was quoted saying, "“And if I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is,” Fey said, “I’m going to lose my mind!”
In all honesty, everything about Amy Poehler proves the future is email, but her foundation, "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls," is a pretty perfect example.
Jennifer Lawrence stood up for what was right when it came ot equal pay. She published an essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about the issue. Later, she spoke up about the word "feminism" stating, “I don’t know why that word is so scary to people... It shouldn’t be, because it just means equality.”
Kerry Washington has spoken about women's rights on several occasions, and she's not been shy about her political views. Here's a quote from her op-ed piece in The Daily Beast: "We, the people, especially us women, have to make sure our leaders know how we feel, what we think and what we care about. Together, we need to stand up for the kind of America we want — one where women and girls are equal, strong and proud, and where we all have a president who has our back."
Scarlett Johansson is sick of inappropriate questions. "Now, were you able to wear… undergarments?" a reporter asked her about a film. Her response? "What’s going on? You’re like the fifth person to ask me that question. Since when did people start asking each other in this industry about their underwear?"
Taylor Swift has had some of the best possible responses to sexism, including the perfect comeback to someone pointing out that most of her songs are about ex-boyfriends. "I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing songs about their exes, their girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."
Meryl Streep, first of all, is Meryl Streep. You really don't have to say much beyond that, but she made headlines after her incredible speech at the Golden Globes, which spoke out about our current president in the best way possible.
America Ferrera has spoken out about eqaulity and women's rights on multiple occasions, and she was a powerful speaker at the 2017 Women's March.
Ashley Judd interrupted Michael Moore during the Women's March with a powerful speech, in which she read a poem written by a 19-year-old girl about what it means to be a "nasty woman." One line from that poem read: "I'm not nasty, like the combo of Trump and Pence being served up to me in my voting booth. I'm nasty like the battles my grandmothers fought to get me into that voting booth." And another: ""I'm not as nasty as your daughter being your favorite sex symbol."
Madonna also made headlines during the Women's March, as though anyone was suprised. Here's just one snippet from her powerful speech: "It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here."
If Alicia Keys doesn't prove the future is female, well, then I don't know who does. Keys was an important part of the 2017 Women's March, offering a powerful speech and performing "Girl on Fire." During her speech, she said, "'We are mothers, we are caregivers, we are artists, we are activists, we are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise.'"
Lauren Conrad had the perfect response to a sexist and unecessary question. "What's your favorite position?" she was asked. Her response was simply, "CEO."
Mayim Bialik had the perfect response to a question from someone who clearly didn't know she has a PhD. "Being on The Big Bang Theory, not that you aren't a genuis, think that you can solve calculus at the top of a hat?" the reporter asked.
"I actually was trained in calculus for several years. I'm a neuroscientist," Bialik replied.
Mindy Kaling is tired of being asked about her confidence. “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”
Emma Stone is yet another female celebrity who pointed out sexism in an interview. "You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy," she said in an interview with her boyfriend and Spiderman co-star Andrew Garfield.
Geena Davis is well-known for speaking out against sexism, and working to fight against it in the media. She even founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which supports research projects examining gender representation on screen.
Amy Schumer knows how to use her humor to make to stand, focusing on every women's rights issue from equal pay to reproductive rights. She's spoken out against sexism on several occasions, and she made headlines when she kicked a sexist heckler out of one of her shows.
Emma Watson is one heck of a role model, and definitely proves the future is female. She is the UN Women Goodwill Ambadassor, and in 2014, she launched the UN HeForShe campaign to enourage men to join the feminist movement.
The Emmy's once had this great idea to make women put their hands in a "mani cam" to show off their nails and jewelry. Gross, right? Elisabeth Moss thought so, and used her time in the mani cam to flip off the camera.
Beyonce embodies this idea on a daily basis, but nothing says "the future is female" quite like one of her performances. Her recent performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards was just one of many examples.
Zooey Deschanel isn't having any part of the idea that being "girly" means you can't be a feminist. She's spoken out on multiple occasions that wearing dresses doesn't mean you're setting feminism back. "I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f*cking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So f*cking what?"
Megan Fox had the best response to a sexist question in an interview. The question was, "Do you feel like it’s time, it’s a matter of time? Before we see more of those? The fact that there aren’t many super hero films with super heroins with female leads?" Her response was perfect. "Do you think I would answer anything but yet, to that question? Do you think I would be like, ‘No, it’s not time for women to be in movies, let’s take it back 50 years,'" Fox said.