Top 4 Female Celebrities Using Their Platforms For Activism

Top 4 Female Celebrities Using Their Platforms For Activism

It's about how you use your voice and the difference it makes.
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1. Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush has transitioned from being best known as an American actress to an influential spokeswoman and activist. She’s no stranger when it comes voicing her opinions and injustices on social media. She’s an advocate for the Bangladesh Sewing Academy. She’s a part of the #NoHormonesPlz campaign. She’s spoken and written about mental health and eating disorders for To Write Love On Her Arm. She's a keynote speaker for Create & Cultivate Conference’s Second Annual Style Summit. This is just a short list of her contributions to activism for female rights and human rights. She’s giving women everywhere the confidence to be outspoken about their injustices without having to apologize for it.

2. Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is a Yale student, a social activist, and a full-time actress. Yara uses her platform to discuss topics like diversity and feminism. She’s a spokeswoman for Science Sleuth mobile text message campaign. She’s in a partnership with DoSomething.org. She wrote an essay for i-D about activism and representation in Hollywood and an advocate for girls in STEM careers. If all that isn’t impressive enough, Michelle Obama wrote her recommendation letter for Yale. Yara stands as a great role model and mentor for young ethnic girls who are also looking to find their voice.

3. Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard isn’t afraid to use her social media to voice her beliefs. She informs and discusses topics such as intersectional feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, and racism. She was honored at the Children Mending Hearts 2017 Annual Empathy Rocks Fundraiser for her activism. She worked with Everlanes 100% Human Campaign to raise money for LGBTQ+ rights through clothing sales. She is also found in many magazine interviews discussing human rights and social issues. Her young voice is influential to many kids, for she’s empowering different communities with her platforms.

4. Meghan Markle


Meghan Markle is a first-generation college graduate, an ambassador for World Vision Canada, a member of UN Women, and the soon-to-be Princess of Britain! Her activisms include working provide access to clean drinking water, worked with women leaders in a Rwanda refugee camp for a gender equality campaign, and gave a speech at UN Women about feminism. Not only are her humanitarian efforts impressive, but she’s a successful actress as well. She’s been fighting injustices since the age of 11 and got her first big break on the Suits.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

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I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Banning Abortion Kills Women, So Stop Saying Anti-Abortion Activists Are 'Pro-Life'

“Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” —First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1995
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With the recent introduction of a bill that pretty much outright ban and criminalize all abortions in the State of Ohio — one that is very much illegal and very much unconstitutional — as well as the passing of a bill that would ban abortions after fifteen weeks in the State of Mississippi and other anti-abortion laws all over the country, it’s time to take a look at what “Pro-Life” really means.

Every person who says that they’re “pro-life” cries that abortion is murder. “Babies have a right to life!” Well, yes that may be true, but what about women who already have their lives?

Abortion is a very difficult, extremely emotional decision, and I pray that I never have to make that choice, but women have abortions for a variety of reasons — including their own health. For some women, pregnancy is dangerous; it might kill them. If a doctor tells a women that her life is in danger and her only option is terminating a pregnancy, why would anyone want to deny her the choice to save her own life? Doesn’t she have the right to life; the right to continue living the life that she already has?

People also cry about the horrors of late-term abortion, but late-term abortion is an extreme case and only makes up a minuscule percentage of all abortions performed in the US. Late-term abortion is not something that doctors just do because someone doesn’t want a baby; these pregnancies that are terminated late are wanted, but they can’t happen for some reason or another.

Many of the babies that are aborted late-term often suffer from genetic mutations or disorders that would make their lives extremely short and painful, if they’re not stillborn. So, the parents make the difficult decision to end the pregnancy so that their child doesn’t suffer. Why would anyone want a baby to suffer unnecessarily? Why would anyone want to make parents watch their child suffer, knowing that their child is going to die anyway?

Abortion is also an option for women who become pregnant out of rape or incest. Why would anyone want a woman to have a permanent reminder of a traumatic experience for the rest of her life?

“Pro-Lifers,” also cry “Adoption! Adoption!” but what about the kids already in the system? Why do we want to add more children to a system that is already over saturated? People say that women should give up unwanted children for adoption instead of aborting, but nobody wants to take care of them and the thousands of other kids in the system who need homes.

There are a variety of other reasons that lead to a woman choosing to have an abortion; however, none of those reasons matter or, frankly, are anyone else’s business. A woman’s right to choose is HER private, medical decision. It’s her life and her body.

Would it ever be acceptable to tell someone they can’t have plastic surgery or that they’re not allowed to have a life-saving cancer treatment or they are banned from seeing the doctor when they’re sick? Wouldn’t that be ridiculous? People would be outraged if there was a group of people telling everyone they can’t make their own medical decisions.

So, why is it okay for a group of people to call for the ban of a medical procedure and harass women for choosing to get that medical procedure?

Making abortion illegal doesn’t get rid of abortion. It only increases unsafe abortions — the kind you think of that happened in the “olden days” before Roe v. Wade of women in alleys using coat hangers. If a woman wants an abortion, she’ll find a way to have one, and those ways are often dangerous.

When abortion is completely illegal, women die unnecessarily.

They die from infection and procedure and pregnancy related complications. Why would anyone want these avoidable deaths, when legal abortion is a safe medical procedure that is performed by actual doctors in sterile environments?

If so-called “pro-life” people want to reduce abortion rates, then why don’t they support access to birth control and comprehensive sex education — two things that have been proven to reduce abortion rates because they reduce unplanned, unwanted pregnancies?

The “Pro-Life” movement only focuses on the unborn babies — lives that aren’t even guaranteed to begin with. It treats women like baby making factories by placing the life of a fetus ahead of the life of the woman. The movement doesn’t care if women die as long as their babies are born no matter what because, “The Bible says abortion is a sin.”

Well, news flash. The Bible says a lot of things are sins: divorce, adultery, lying, swearing, premarital sex, and the list goes on and on. If we’re basing our laws in a democracy off of what the Bible says is wrong, then why aren’t we trying to throw every divorcée in jail and harassing every couple that goes into a courthouse to get divorced? Why aren’t we condemning people who have extra marital affairs?

Anti-abortion laws are anti-woman. It’s just another way that women can be treated like second-class citizens, being told that they can’t make their own medical decision and that their life isn’t valued over the life of a fetus that’s not even capable of life on its own until its gestational age is around 24 weeks — a time that most abortions in the United States are performed long before.

And for Ohio to try to outright ban abortion, that’s what the Ohio legislators are saying: they don’t care about women or see them as worthy of life when compared to a fetus. It makes me ashamed to be an Ohioan, and every other Ohioan should be ashamed too because if this somehow becomes a law and somehow isn’t struck down by the Supreme Court, women all over the State of Ohio will die from avoidable infections and complications.

So, “Pro-Life?” Why don’t we just come out and say it? “Pro-Life” isn’t really “pro-life,” just like “Pro-Choice” isn’t “pro-abortion.”

“Pro-Life” is “pro-fetus and pro-fetus only,” and women be damned because to the “Pro-Life” movement, their lives don’t matter.

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