Feminism had many faces in 2015 from the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafza to your imaginary new best friend Amy Schumer. While this year was not perfect, and there was still violence and hate, every woman should stand a little taller going into 2016.
Emma Watson (actress who played Hermione Granger and UN Women’s #HeForShe Ambassador) interviewed Malala Yousafza in November talking about feminism, to bring a positive connotation to the word. In the interview Emma said “Let’s not make it scary to say you’re a feminist. I want to make it a welcoming and inclusive movement. Let’s join our hands and move together so we can make real change. Malala and I are pretty serious about it but we need you.”
Emma was one of the many celebrities to use their influence for the greater good. In today’s world, the average millennial can name more Kardashians or members of One Direction than women scientists. Emma herself has over 20 million followers on Twitter; a single tweet goes viral and is shared all around the world.
In fact, even the award show season became less superficial as empty “thank you’s” were replaced with hard-hitting speeches and call-to-actions. BFF’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler started off the season by hosting the Golden Globes where stars like Patricia Arquette, Gina Rodriguez, Joanne Froggatt, and Maggie Gyllenhal saw the opportunity to have their voices heard by the masses and took it, by calling out the lack of diversity and equality in Hollywood.
Here are five wins for women in Hollywood:
2. This year two female Superheroes emerged on the television, Jessica Jones and Supergirl. They join shows like Orange is the New Black, Girls, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder which feature strong female leads in “atypical” roles.
3. Comedian Amy Schumer wrote and starred in Trainwreck, the biggest comedy of the year. The movie flipped traditional gender roles. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live comedian and now leading hunk), spoke out about the differences in gender portrayal in the media saying “It was just so weird during the press, people will say ‘So [Amy’s] character’s kind of a tramp.’ And I think, ‘Wow, they would never say that if this was George Clooney.’” The other men in Hollywood slowly started showing their support towards their leading ladies.
While Hollywood is often seen as unrealistic and fake, it is undeniably influential. The younger generations especially look up to their favorite celebrities and use them as role models. While this may not be ideal, it helps if their faves are sending positive messages. It is still the land of selling sex, and using Photoshop to portray unattainable beauty and body weight, which may never go away, but there are celebs trying to make a difference and change the world with the power and voice they have been given.