Now more than ever, women supporting each other is imperative. With so much going on in the current administration that is harmful and demeaning to women, coupled with a host of public figures calling for a war on feminism, women, especially Black women, need to stand together and display a united front.
Unfortunately, not all feminists are created equal. And while women like Nicki Minaj claim to be feminists and want to uplift other women, as of late the only crown she seems interested in lifting up is her own. Thankfully, there a some pretty prominent Black female celebrities who let it be known to the world how much they support other women and how crucial it is to our current society. Some of these ladies are actresses, singers, directors and moguls…but what they all have in common is their willingness to lift up other women.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the woman who once fiercely portrayed Olivia Pope is also a die-hard feminist and supporter of women in real life. Kerry Washington is one of the few A-list celebrities who uses her platform to educate, celebrate and support the various causes, issues and platforms concerning women.
In a 2012 interview, she discussed her own feminism, but stressed that there is no certain way to be one, it’s mainly about freedom and supporting other women:
“The term feminist is so inclusive now. There isn’t one way to be a feminist or to practice feminism, to exercise feminism. You can be feminist in lots of different ways because the point is freedom of choice. I also want to say that I very much identify with the term womanist, but I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I also identify as a humanist. I don’t think that either of those terms are mutually exclusive.”