International Women’s Day suspiciously fell on the shortest day of the year this Sunday, ripping off women of a full 24 hours of appreciation. Besides the fact that every day is and should be International Women’s Day, here are four modern-day leading ladies who keep reminding the world who’s in charge.
Katy Perry is hot. Everyone knows this. This year’s Halftime Show at the Super Bowl reminded everyone that she is more than just sugar, spice and nice cleavage, but a talented performer willing to take some serious risks. Instead of simply becoming a pop star sensation, Perry has used her music to inspire the weird, different and struggling in her songs like “Roar” and “Firework.” Her Halftime Show performance showed the strong and capable female she is keeping the focus on her work instead of her physique.
Remember Mary Lambert – the 25-year-old who performed “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 2014 Grammy Awards as Queen Latifah married 33 couples? Well, she still has some big statements to make. Her album Heart on My Sleeve solidifies her dedication to social justice with strong and soulful passion. Swoon over her heartbreaking and beautiful rendition of Rick Springfield’s Jessie’s Girl where she keeps the pronouns exactly as she wants them.
When Meryl Streep puts her hands up while hollering in overwhelming support for you, you know you’ve made it. Using this reasoning, Patricia Arquette can throw in the towel. Arquette received enormous support for her acceptance speech at the 2015 Academy Awards. “It’s our time to have wage equality for once and for all and have equal rights for women in the United States of America,” Aruqette demanded during her speech. She won an Oscar for Best Actress In A Supporting Role for her role in Boyhood. Watch a different, equally inspiring, speech by Arquette below.
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There is quite possibly a law stating the words “strong woman” must be followed by the words “Queen Bey.” Beyoncé’s music video for her hit “Flawless” weaves pieces of Nigerian writer Chamamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk with the lyrics creating a truly empowering anthem. Watch the video here for just one example of the many powerful statement's Beyoncé has made about gender equality.