Happy International Women’s Day!
With March being Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to praise some special women of each zodiac sign who make an important impact on the world. Our first installment will include the first signs of the zodiac; Aries, Taurus, and Gemini.
Aries women are fiery, enthusiastic and natural leaders. Unsurprisingly, some of the most outspoken celebrity feminists happen to be Aries.
Lady Gaga has evolved over the years to become a champion of women’s safety, inclusivity, and equality. She performed “‘Til it Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground at the Oscars in 2016 as survivors of sexual assault surrounded her. Gaga later shared that she is also a survivor of sexual assault. She proves to be one of the strongest and hardest working women in the music industry after putting on an amazing Super Bowl Halftime Show and now preparing for Coachella later this year.
America Ferrera is a very active feminist hoping to inspire others to get involved. She has been a Latina role model since the start of her career in the early 2000’s, when there was even less representation of minorities in television and films than there is today. After starring in Real Women Have Curves, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Ugly Betty, she now co-produces and stars in the comedy Superstore. Last March, Ferrera was awarded the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Global Women’s Rights. She spoke with Lena Dunham at the 2016 Democratic National Convention about feminism and immigration. She also shared a passionate speech as an ambassador for the Women’s March on Washington, saying “It’s been a heartrending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country. Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday.” But the president is not America, His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America. And we are here to stay.”
Emma Watson has a been a very strong advocate for women’s rights. In 2014 as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Watson shared her thoughts on feminism and the campaign HeForShe, which is a campaign for equality between men and women. Watson recently shared what feminism means to her after critics said a photo of her exposing her breasts in Vanity Fair, shown above, was anti-feminist. “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”
Taurus women are determined, independent and loyal. These tough Taurus women are #goals, and a reminder that we can do anything we set our minds to.
Tina Fey is one of the most hardworking and funny women in Hollywood. Fey has showed us that if there isn’t a job for you in your industry, you may need to create your own place to thrive. After getting her start in Saturday Night live, Fey created and starred in 30 Rock, Mean Girls and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. While sharing her views on feminism, Fey said “The question is, do you want to be paid the same for the same work? The question is, do you want control of your body? Let’s retire ‘I’m a humanist.'”
Adele is a strong and incredibly honest role model to women everywhere. She’s shut down her haters and owned her curves, and has taken a stand against men that discredit her in business meetings about her own music. Most recently, Adele showed her humility at the 2017 Grammys when she restarted a performance honoring the late George Michael because she was off-key. She also won five Grammys for her latest album, 25. However, Adele refused to accept the Album Of The Year award, instead dedicating it to Beyoncé for her album Lemonade. She then praised Beyoncé, saying “My artist of my life is Beyoncé. And this album for me, the Lemonade album is just so monumental.” She then referenced that white and black women experience the message of Lemonade differently, saying “The way that you make me and my friends feel – and the way that you make my black friends feel – is empowering.” You make them stand up for themselves and I love you, and I always have and I always will.
Gemini women are intellectual, lively, versatile and unapologetic about who they are. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, these Gemini women are dedicated to spreading a positive message to the world.
Natalie Portman has been a constant proponent of feminism over the course of her career. She’s discussed how Hollywood doesn’t always portray feminism in an honest way, saying “A lot of films that try for a ‘feminist’ portrayal will just make a woman be really tough. Well, that’s not feminist because it’s not allowing the woman to be a human being. No one’s just tough.” However, she believes she was able to represent a real sense of feminism as Jackie Kennedy in the movie Jackie. At the Women’s March on Washington, Portman said in a speech, “We need to demand freedom from fear over our bodies and control over our own bodies. In order to effectively do so, we must seek leadership positions, and support other women who do the same.” Portman proves that it’s important to speak up about what you believe in and to work towards making a change.”
Angelina Jolie has used her voice to bring awareness to a wide variety of causes that are close to her heart. She’s shared her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy and hysterectomy to help other women with a high risk of cancer to know their options. Jolie represented the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a Goodwill Ambassador from 2001-2012, when she was appointed a Special Envoy. She’s also brought attention to issues that affect women around the world. She’s made films about women captured by ISIS and is going to teach a course about ending violence against women as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. Jolie has used her fame to bring a variety of issues to light, and for that we should be thankful.