11 Celeb Moms' Best Quotes About Being (and Raising!) a Feminist
Mom-of-three—two of which are daughters, if rumors are true that the Carter twins are a boy and a girl—Queen Bey recently spoke at length about using the word "feminist" in her art and also, what it means to her to be a parent and a feminist.
"I put the definition of feminist in my song and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I'm a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning," she told Elle. "I'm not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it's very simple: It's someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don't understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you're a feminist. We need men and women to understand the double standards that still exist in this world, and we need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes."
When she accepted the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2015, the feminist actress and mom-of-two—to daughter Harlow, 14, and son Enzo, 28—called for equal rights for women, stating in an epic fashion: "To every woman who gave birth, to every tax payer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights—it's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
The mom of toddler daughter Elsie Otter and baby boy Charlie Wolf, born just last month, told Glamour in 2013: "I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f—ing feminist and wear a f—ing Peter Pan collar. So f—ing what?"
The mom-of-six and humanitarian has been outspoken about women's rights on the international stage for years. She memorably said at the 2015 Women in the World Summit, "Women are still treated as secondary issues. It is still far too easy and accepted for leaders to ignore uncomfortable truths, from female genital mutilation to child marriage. It is still the norm for women to be excluded from the peace process. Women, we know, are the first to be affected by war, and the last to be taken into account when it ends. Everyone knows an outcry is not enough. We need to change attitudes around the world. We have a particular responsibility."
Mom of 6-year-old son Egypt and 2-year-old son Genesis, Alicia Keys looked up the definition of feminism with Elle UK in 2016. "'The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of political, social, and economic equality'—so yes," she said. "Yes, I am a feminist, and whoever isn't is crazy. It's about owning your power, embracing your womanhood."
The actress and mom-of-two—to 8-month-old daughter Daisy and 3-year-old son Otis—told Yahoo Beauty last year all about raising her son to be a feminist."I like to think he's already a little feminist," Wilde said. "And he is. He's a really good guy. I want to promote the idea that the definition of feminism is equality and it's something that's not difficult to teach children because they are born with that sensibility. They are only taught to separate people and value them differently once they get older. Luckily, I'm just embracing the perspective he was born with."
The actress and co-founder of The Honest Company is raising two daughters—Honor, 8, and Haven, 5—to be empowered and independent. "I was raised by a strong woman and was taught from a young age that all women deserve a seat at the table," she told Cosmopolitan last year. "I am thankful that my mom and dad instilled that in me and empowered me very early on. I've carried that sentiment throughout my life so it's absolutely a value I have consciously passed on to my girls. They can dream as big as they want—with hard work and the right choices, anything is possible."
The comedian and mom of 8-year-old and 6-year-old sons Abel and Archie, respectively, is also the founder of the Smart Girls organization. In 2015, she spoke to AOL and said she doesn't really get why people won't "identify themselves as a feminist. It's like saying, 'I like cars, I think they're great, I use a car every day, it gets me from place to place—but I'm not gonna go on record and say that I think cars are good.' But that being said, this discussion about who is and isn't a feminist is yet another example of the media attempting to divide us, to take us and split us apart and argue among each other.... It's just bullsh*t. It's yet another attempt for us to talk sh*t about each other. I think we need to continue as women to constantly celebrate what we have in common and share, and stop letting society focus on how we're different."
Known for never pulling any punches, the model, cookbook author, and mom of 1-year-old daughter Luna told The Huffington Post that "people have sorely messed up the definition" of feminism: "It isn't saying this is wrong and this is right. It's having the power to do whatever the f— you want. It's about having your own beliefs and staying true to them."
Famous political daughter and mom to 2-year-old daughter Charlotte and 1-year-old son Aidan has said "of course" she's a feminist. Discussing what sort of example we need to set for the next generation of women in a 2013 interview on MSNBC, Clinton said, "We need women who are at the head of a boardroom, like at the head of the White House, at the head of...major scientific enterprises so that little girls everywhere can then think, 'You know what? I can do that, I want to do that, I will do that.'"
In a recent interview with Parents magazine, the actress and mom to toddler daughters Olive and Frankie told us the whole family has an immediate response when they hear the "Who run the world?" Beyonce lyric. "They yell, 'Girls!'" she told us. "I think we're living in a really difficult time in the world, but a very strong and exciting time for young girls. While navigating social media is more of an issue for older girls than my girls, it's a new territory and difficult waters to navigate. I feel like there's an overarching, positive, strong message that girls can do anything, and there's a superhero-vibe going on that we just have to take and run with and never look back. We can only grow it and make it stronger. In some areas of the world, we might think we're going backwards, but we cannot let girls go backwards. We have to look forward, and put one foot in front of the other with total empowerment."