Uma Thurman Fights Back Against Hollywood
All eyes are on Uma Thurman after she spoke to a reporter on the red carpet about the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, whom she had worked with on the “Kill Bill” franchise.
"I've been waiting to feel less angry and when I am ready, I will say what I have to say,” she said initially.
Over the American Thanksgiving weekend, Thurman seemed like she was almost ready to speak out, saying on Instagram: “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face."
Gal Gadot In ‘Wonder Woman’
After 75 years, “Wonder Woman” finally got to be the star of her own movie and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins became the dynamic-duo of 2017, taking female empowerment to a new level.
The film was applauded by several celebs, like Lupita Nyong'o who said on Instagram, “It is a superhero movie like none I have ever seen. Epic. FUN. Engaging. Stylistically Captivating. Funny in an honest, not-trying-too-hard way. Witty. Smart. Perfect length. Fierce. Sensual. Just amazing."
“Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, said on Twitter, “I really didn't expect 'Wonder Woman' to impact me the way it did, but seeing a confident, powerful woman save the day was really beautiful.”
Safe to say, Gadot's “Wonder Woman” made a huge impact on women around the world.
Pink’s VMAs Speech
While receiving the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard” award at this year’s MTV VMAs, Pink began her speech by telling a heartfelt story about her daughter, Willow, who had told her one day in the car that she was “the ugliest girl she knows.”
Pink was understandably shocked that her daughter felt that way, asking her why, with Willow revealing that she felt that she “looked like a boy with long hair.”
Pink was quick to make a Powerpoint presentation for her daughter, showcasing androgynous rock stars and expressing that she had been criticized for looking too masculine, but saying that “we don’t change for the haters.” "We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl," she said, "and we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty."
Priyanka Chopra’s Gap Ad And ‘Bridging The Gap’ Around Empowering Women
“Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra joined forces with Gap earlier this year for the new film “Bridging the Gap”, a socially conscious project hoping to make a difference for future generations, one of those gaps specifically being about empowering women. “Women need to be given an opportunity to stand on their feet and do the best they can for themselves,” she shared.
Reese Witherspoon Speaks Out About Sexual Assault
After multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment were made against producer Harvey Weinstein, “Big Little Lies” actress Reese Witherspoon revealed that she had been assaulted by a director at the age of 16, while speaking at ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event just a few days after the allegations surfaced.
“After hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career,” she said.
Witherspoon added that she hopes people can raise consciousness and really help create change to transform the industry and society.
Little Mix Promote Girl ‘Power’
The girls of Little Mix are no strangers to promoting girl power in their music. But their music video for “Power” was on another level. Not only are the lyrics for the song empowering, but they surrounded themselves with powerful women throughout the entire video - including their moms.
British rapper Stormzy was also featured in the video sitting in a barbershop, with women doing his hair, a role that a man would “typically” be stereotyped to do. The girls used their powerful lyrics and created a meaningful visual message.
Kesha’s Anthemic Song ‘Woman’
In her follow-up to her emotionally raw first single “Praying”, Kesha gets straight to the point in the chorus of her empowering song “Woman”: "I'm a motherf**king woman, baby."
On Twitter, the singer addressed her inspiration for the song saying, “I just really f**king love being a woman and I wanted an anthem to yell about being self-sufficient and strong.”
Fifth Harmony On Promoting Female Empowerment
While sitting down with ET Canada earlier this year, Fifth Harmony spoke out about why they think it’s important to promote female empowerment, after being criticized by some for being “too sexual.”
“I think saying we’re too sexy is objectifying [women] and taking the way we present ourselves and making it about you. A women shouldn’t ever be an object. We have so much more to offer than that, and so much more than just our bodies,” said 5H member Lauren Jauregui.
Jessica Chastain Speaks Out On Hollywood Gender Roles
“Molly’s Game” actress Jessica Chastain was quick to clap back at publications who were saying she only takes on the roles of “strong women,” addressing the issues of gender roles in Hollywood.
She took to Twitter saying, “Every time someone writes that I play 'strong women' what they’re implying is that most women aren’t. How about I just play well written parts?” She continued, adding, “You never read that an actor is known for playing 'strong male' characters because it’s assumed all men are.”
Sarah Hyland Stands Up Against Reporters
“Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland isn’t a stranger to addressing the media, especially when it comes to empowering women. Recently, the actress came out to support her friend Taylor Swift after a tabloid claimed she had gone under the knife.
She said on Twitter, “CAN YOU F**KING STOP?!?! Let's empower women instead of judging their looks. There's more to us than that. Guess you can't teach stupid…”
Hyland herself had been the subject of plastic surgery by the same publication just a week prior.