In honor of National Women’s History Month, here are a few of the celebrities who are lending their voice to feminism and gender equality.
In an online poll, Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, was voted by The Ms. Foundation and Cosmopolitan as the Top Celebrity Feminist of 2014. Last year, the 24-year-old actress gave a powerful speech about gender equality to the United Nations. In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she helped launch the “He for She” campaign to work with men in ending violence against women.
As a UN diplomat, humanitarian and philanthropist, actress Angelina Jolie has been very visible in the international arena when it comes to a range of issues dealing with human rights. In 2013, the Tomb Raider star chose to share her double-mastectomy story and opened new avenues for breast cancer awareness.
Nicole Kidman has been very vocal about gender equality since taking on the role of goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (also known as UNIFEM), and now called UN Women back in January of 2006. In 2013, the Moulin Rouge star was honored during the Variety Power of Women awards for her work with UN Women to advance the rights of women and girls across the world.