We may know them for their roles on the big or small screen, but these ladies are doing a lot more than just remembering lines and bringing our favorite characters to life. They are changing the world. They are using their fame for a better cause. Whether it’s fighting for gender equality or changing people’s perspectives. Here are six women who are changing the landscape for the rest of us:
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When you think of Jennifer Lawrence, 25, your first thought may be of Katniss or her falling on the red carpet, but what should come to mind is how she’s breaking glass ceilings. According to The Guardian, she recently negotiated to make more than her male co-star. For her upcoming film, “Passengers,” with Chris Pratt, she will make $20 million upfront and 30 percent of the film profits, Pratt will only walk away with $12 million.
Lawrence has voiced that she’s fed up with the gender wage gap, but she’s not just complaining, she’s taking on the issue head on.
The gender wage gap was glaringly clear after the Sony hack, but Lawrence wasn’t mad at Sony she told the LA Times, she was mad at herself. She told the newspaper: “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”
She’s upped her negotiating tactics for her upcoming film, as we can see. She’s showing us all that we can’t just complain that men are making more money than us, we have to fight for it.
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Gina Rodriguez, 31, is changing ethnic stereotypes with her hit show on The CW, “Jane the Virgin.” It’s the actress’s goal to change how people perceive her culture and she’s doing a great job. Not only is the show a big hit with fans, she recently won a Golden Globe for her role.
The last time a Latina won was in 2007, America Ferrera accepted a Golden Globe for “Ugly Betty.” Rodriguez is only the second Latina to win this prestigious award. There have only been two other Latinas to be nominated: Eva Longoria in 2006 and Rita Moreno in 1993.
Rodriguez is making history with her cute and fun show, and we project a bright future ahead where she continues to create new paths of opportunities for the Latinas everywhere.
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By now Hermione should not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the 25-year-old Emma Watson. Her aspirations goes beyond acting. She took some time off from acting to finish her education at Brown University and now she’s a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nation women leading the #HeForShe Campaign. Watson’s goal was to change the conversation on feminism.
Emma was told not to use the word ‘feminism’ in her speech. She told Porter magazine: “I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism’ because people felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible. But I thought long and hard and ultimately felt that it was just the right thing to do. If women are terrified to use the word, how on earth are men supposed to start using it?”
She’s using her fame from “Harry Potter” to get the message out and unite people to fight this battle together.
These two women must be mentioned together because both bring female superheroes to the television screen. Women, have waited a long time for this, it’s about time there are female heroes put into the mix. These ladies bring two very different heroes to audiences.
Benoist (above) has brought us Kara, aka Supergirl. She’s trying to find her way, just like the rest of us. The character she plays, Kara is the girl millennial women can all relate to.
Krysten Ritter has brought us a very unique superhero, one that doesn’t have a mask or a cape. Jessica Jones is a flawed character with an intriguing personality. She’s dark and broken, but she still fights for what is right, even if her methods are unconventional.
There are a ton of female superheroes in comics, but rarely do they get their own TV show or movie. Why should the boys have all the fun? These girls have come to join party.
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Sophia Bush, 33 was huge when she was on “One Tree Hill” and now she plays a cop on “Chicago PD”, but if you follow her on social media you will find, Bush is making a quieter impact.
In 2011, she won the ‘ #DoSomething ‘ Twitter Award for spreading the word to her followers about how they could help after the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Bush supports a lot of charities as well; she is helping The Girl Project, which helps girls around the world get a quality education.
For her birthday in July she traveled to Uganda to bring awareness to local entrepreneurs. She worked with three different fashion brands: 31 Bits, The Akola Project, and Sseko Designs.
Bush supports and spreads the word of many causes through her social media. She has more than 2 million Instagram followers and more than a million on Twitter. She shares eco-friendly tips, supports adopting pets and she wants to stop girl-on-girl bulling with the Kind Campaign. She’s an inspiration every single day.
Mandy is the managing editor of Bold.global. She’s obsessed with TV and with that passion she created Primetime Addiction that she grew to reach 25,000+ people a month. Mandy holds a master’s degree in magazine journalism from England. She’s contributed to publications in New York, Florida and the United Kingdom.