A Handy Guide to Celebrity Feminists

Amy Poehler, feminist.Amy Poehler, feminist.We're taking a look at feminism. Defined as "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes," plenty of women believe in it, but don't want to call themselves the "f-word." Where do our favorite celebrities stand on feminism? Ahead, 11 make their position known in their own words...

By Michelle Ruiz

1. Amy Poehler: Self-Proclaimed Feminist
After learning that Taylor Swift was upset with her Golden Globes joke, Amy let the world know: "Aw, I feel bad if [Taylor] was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."

2. Stephanie Meyer: Girlfriend-Loving Feminist
"I think there are many feminists who would say that I am not a feminist. I love women, I have a lot of girlfriends, I admire them, they make so much more sense to me than men, and I feel like the world is a better place when women are in charge. So that kind of by default makes me a feminist. I love working in a female world."

3. Anne Hathaway: Teethy Feminist
Anne hasn't spoken on her position, but Lena Dunham has, tweeting: "Ladies: Anne Hathaway is a feminist and she has amazing teeth. Let's save our bad attitudes for the ones who aren't advancing the cause."

4. Katy Perry: Beyond Feminism
"I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women… This social revolution of feminism in the '70s really achieved so many of its goals-not every single one of them, obviously-but I think we should say it's great that these young women don't feel like they need to be feminists."

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5.Beyoncé: Fabulous Feminist
"I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like 'bootylicious.'"

6. Hillary Clinton: Badass Feminist
"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life."

7. Taylor Swift: Never, Ever a Feminist
T-Swift tells Vanity Fair that the media portraying her as "some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend" (as opposed to a "woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way") is straight-up "sexist." That being said, the songstress doesn't call herself a feminist: "I don't really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life."

8. Sheryl Sandberg: Leaning-In-All-the-Way Feminist
"I'm a feminist because I believe in women… it's a heavy word, feminism, but it's not one I think we should run from. I'm proud to be a feminist."

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9. Lady Gaga: Too Sexy for Feminism?
"I'm not a feminist. I hail men, I love men. I celebrate American male culture, and beer, and bars and muscle cars…"

10. Lena Dunham: Up-and-Coming Feminist
"The idea of being a feminist-so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex-but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity. I hope Girls contributes to a continuance of feminist dialogue."

11. Marissa Mayer: High-Powered Non-Feminist
"I don't think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I certainly believe in equal rights... but I don't, I think, have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that."

12. Sarah Jessica Parker: Above-It-All Feminist
"I took a page from [the playwright] Wendy Wasserstein's book. She said 'I'm not a feminist, I'm a humanist.'"

13. Carrie Underwood: Eff the F Word
"I wouldn't go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female."

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