Be proud to be a woman in the modern day with our list of real and fictional women whose actions inspire us. From writers to singers, activists to actresses, read on to discover our Top Eight Modern Feminist Icons.
Originally famed for her acclaimed fashion blog at a mere eleven years of age, Tavi turned her hand to writing and editing at the age of fifteen, when she launched Rookie Magazine online. Focusing on issues affecting teenage girls and including many other teenagers as contributors, Rookie is praised with speaking to its audience with an authentic voice. Tavi is also renowned for her inspiring TEDxTeen talk, when she discussed the representation of women in popular culture, and her appearance in a public service announcement for women’s rights.
Actor, screenwriter, producer, author and director, Lena Dunham is known for her hit TV series, Girls, the independent movie Tiny Furniture, and her best-selling book, Not That Kind of Girl. Proudly showcasing what the lives of real girls, with real bodies and real issues are like, rather than sticking to Hollywood stereotypes, Lena actively encourages women to love themselves whilst challenging the typically male-led Hollywood scene.
Taking on an industry dominated by men, Beyoncé empowers women around the world with her powerful lyrics. Alongside her musical career, she is active in assisting with charity work around the world, including forming the Survivor Foundation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and work for campaigns including Chime for Change which aimed to spread female empowerment.
Successful actress and Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson made headlines around the world with her now iconic #HeForShe speech at the UN. Constantly working against how women are treated around the world, Emma only became more passionate for her work after receiving threats after her speech advocating gender equality.
Well known for her humanitarian work, Angelina Jolie's fame extends far beyond her acting. Alongside her UNHCR ambassadorship, she promotes various causes, including campaigning for women's rights around the world. From fronting a campaign against sexual violence in military conflict zones, to launching the UK's first academic center on Women, Peace and Security, Jolie is proactively dedicated to changing the world.
Multi-talented writer, director, actor and author, Miranda July is celebrated for the series of independent films that she wrote, directed and starred in, alongside the recent release of her debut novel. Regular themes throughout Miranda’s work include feminist issues that seek to inspire and influence other women to participate in their own creative outputs.
Although a fictional character, the star of The Hunger Games trilogy is credited with inspiring teenage girls around the world to take charge of their own lives. Although the story does feature a love triangle, the real tale is that of Katniss actively taking a stand and challenging the way that her world works.
Original Riot Grrl and founding member of iconic band Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein is one of the most prolific women in modern music. Multi-talented, she is also a renowned music journalist, comedic actress in Portlandia, and well known women’s rights campaigner.