9 Male Celebrities Who Are Proud Feminists
Throughout popular culture, there are loads of women proudly flying a feminist banner as they fight for gender equality. And while it’s true that women are doing the bulk of the work, male allies are also important for drawing attention to the cause — especially those with a strong voice. That’s why it’s good to see men in Hollywood standing up for things like equal pay, equal work, and fairness for women across the world. Here are nine male celebs using their power and voice to support women’s rights and amplify women's voices, and who proudly call themselves feminists.
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Harry Styles: Former One Directioner and breakout star Harry Styles has never shied away from supporting equal rights. He supported Emma Watson’s #HeforShe UN program back in 2014, has been spotted in a t-shirt that reads “Women are smarter,” and regularly shuts down sexist conversation, including anyone who mocks young women for liking pop music.
“[Equal Rights] doesn’t feel like politics to me,” the singer told French TV show Quotidien in 2017. “Stuff like equality feels much more fundamental. I feel like everyone is equal. That’s not politics to me.” (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Actor, director, producer, and feminist. As far back as 2014, the 500 Days of Summer star loudly proclaimed his respect for feminism, telling The Daily Beast why equality is so important to him and should be to everyone.
“What [feminism] means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever," he said. "However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique." (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
John Legend: After the birth of his daughter, Luna, singer John Legend got more vocal about his feminist beliefs and partnered with MAKERS Media — a brand that aims to raise women’s voices — for a campaign to remind men that they shouldn’t wait to have a daughter to be a feminist.
"I don't like when guys are like, 'Oh, I have a daughter now so, now I care about women's rights,” Legend said in his campaign video.
"We gain from women's brain power,” he added. “We gain from women's intuition." (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Finery)
Chris Hemsworth: He may be best known as the super-macho Marvel character Thor, but actor Chris Hemsworth has been very vocal about how important it is to raise women’s voices while supporting initiatives like the Time’s Up movement. Donning his own Time’s Up pin at the 2018 Golden Globes, Hemsworth told InStyle that it’s high time women were given the equality we deserve.
“All of us [who support Time’s Up] have come together in unity to say enough harassment; enough with sexual abuse; enough with all the garbage that women have had to deal with since the beginning of civilization.” Amen, Chris. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images for TAG Heuer)
Tom Hardy: Although Tom Hardy has reportedly always been a feminist, the Mad Max: Fury Road star started to gain attention for his beliefs while promoting the sci-fi hit in Cannes in 2015. Some fans were angered by the role that women played in the production, and during a press conference, Hardy said he wasn’t bothered for “one minute” by it. Since then, fans have taken notice of his respect for women’s rights and his aim at changing toxic masculinity, including embracing his feminine side.
“I’m the last person you need to ask about masculinity,” he said in 2015 to GQ. ”I’m as masculine as an eggplant.” (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Jason Momoa: Although he’s known for playing hulking super masculine men like Dothraki leader Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and DC Comics action hero, Aquaman, actor Jason Momoa is a gentle guy who was raised by a single mother — his guiding force and the reason he considers himself to be a feminist in the first place.
“I wasn’t raised by a man. I was raised by a single mother my whole life,” the actor told The Cut in 2015 when asked if he believed in feminism. “It’d be ridiculous for me to say that I didn’t believe in it. They’re [women] the strongest beings in the world.” (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
Prince Harry: Although his newly-minted wife has always been an outspoken feminist, Prince Harry’s kept a fairly low profile on the matter, perhaps because of royal protocol. But earlier this year, then bride-to-be Meghan Markle informed a fan at an event that she wasn’t the only feminist in the royal family.
“He’s a feminist too,” the former Suits star said while gesturing to her beau in January. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Ryan Gosling: Although the internet has thoroughly loved the Ryan Gosling-inspired “Hey girl,” feminist memes, the star himself never really understood their appeal – but that doesn’t mean he’s not a feminist. The star told Vanity Fair in 2016 that he actually thinks women have the most to offer, and that having his daughters has backed his theory.
“I think women are better than men,” he said. “They are stronger, more evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.” (Photo by Samuel de Roman/Getty Images)
Matt McGorry: Orange Is The New Black star Matt McGorry has not only been a vocal supporter of women’s rights, but he’s also fully admitted when he needed to step up his game and learn more. After a bit of a backlash he received in 2016 for getting what some felt was too much attention for his self-proclaimed male feminism, the actor told Motto he was learning to step aside and be a better ally for women rather than a voice for them.
“I think that part of any journey is making mistakes — they’re simply things I had to go through to get where I am now,” he said. Since then, the star says he’s learned how to listen, advocate for, and support women better by speaking to other men about how they can be better allies. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)