5 Young Women That Are Redefining Feminism

Feminism has?undeniably?thrown some serious punches to current-day social standards for women and girls everywhere. 2014 was one of the best years for feminism ever, and 2015 is looking up to be just as strong. There are thousands of women we could thank for pushing feminism forward these past couple years, but these five have definitely caught the most attention.


1. Beyonce

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Beyonce is probably one of the most inspirational female entertainers on the block right now. She is publicly defending and supporting the feminist movement and hasn’t let anything get in her way. She’s open about her political stance, sexuality, and other things that women have struggled with being open about in the past. She’s opened a huge and heavy door that’s been hindering women for a long time, and that door is openness to expressing sexuality while still being considered respectable and not just a sexual object.


2. Ellen Page

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By Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons
After coming out at 2014’s HRCF’s Time to Thrive Conference, she caught major media attention for women and LGBT folks everywhere. She’s never afraid to speak her mind in interviews, and shouldn’t be. She’s not interested in diddling around in petty topics but encourages everyone observe themselves and their surroundings, just as she has. By doing that, she’s made an irreplaceable mark on the feminism movement.


3. Mo’ne Davis

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Source:?ABC News

Remember that girl who could pitch at 71 mph in the Little Leagues? Mo’ne Davis has had a crazy impact on little girls everywhere.?After pitching the first shutout in post-season Little League history, she received congratulatory?feedback from celebrities ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Michelle Obama. She’s really got you wishing you could throw like a girl, huh?

4. Emma Watson

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Courtesy of Jezebel

Emma Watson is huge when it comes to feminism – she’s a total power house, and after her UN speech for gender equality, she’s left us all wooing and cheering. Here are some of her best from that speech:

“I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become?synonymous?with man-hating. If there is one thing I?know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”

“In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt,?I’ve?told myself firmly, ‘if not me, who? If not now,?when?'”

“It is time we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

Here’s Emma’s Speech to watch:


5. Taylor Swift

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By Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons

Yes, it may have took her a while…but Taylor Swift is totally a feminist. According to Huffington Post, Swift told the Guardian:

?As a teenager, I’didn’t?understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men?will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all.”

T-Swift inspires girls and guys everywhere, and with her being on board with feminism means so much for the movement. With her guidance, a million people can really understand the true meaning of feminism.

Feminism is wonderful, and it’s at full force right now. With these young women leading people everywhere to spread equality, there’s no way we can be stopped. Who knows what these girls have in store for us in the future. To you, we say: Thank you!

Kellyn Smith is red-headed (but blue supporting) 17 year old high school student from Marietta, GA. She likes activism, poetry, and music. She's an outspoken Atheist and feminist. She wants to study political science at the University of Oregon or the University of Washington.