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Trailblazing Feminists

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We can do it!

More and more female (and male!) celebrities are speaking out about feminism, which is essentially about equality. There’s still a misguided misconception that feminists hate men, but can those people name one person that’s said they hate men? It’s quite ridiculous that this day in age some Americans are threatened by women and feel the need to harass and troll them on the internet because they are insecure and fear change. Instead of being negative and tearing people down, I wish more people would educate themselves about something they claim to be against. We have come a long way and we still have a long way to go just in the US. Let’s take a stroll through history and learn about just some of the many groundbreaking celebrity feminists that were an important part of the movement to gender equality here in America.

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Knowledge is power: Learn about these fearless women

Coco Chanel

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Coco turned the fashion world on it’s head by introducing the concept that women could and should wear slacks. While she wasn’t the first woman to sport pants, she did have a major influence on what women wore. Still a name associated with high-end designs and class, Ms. Chanel was all about women being comfortable in their clothes. Why should we be confined to skirts and dresses? Equality in fashion! Did you know some women were arrested for wearing pants in the 1930s?!

Gloria Steinem

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The name most synonymous with feminism, Ms. Steinem was the leader and spokeswoman of the women’s liberation movement through the late 60s and 70s, helping free women from that antiquated 1950s notion women should be soft-spoken housewives (not that there’s anything wrong with being a housewife). She co-founded several female groups that changed women’s lives for the better. Gloria was also a founding editor of New York Magazine and co-founder of the groundbreaking Ms. magazine. As the leader of the second wave of feminism, she helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus, which supported the changes cited in the Equal Rights Amendment including reproductive freedom and wage disparity between the sexes.