“When women are empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them—their families, their communities, and their countries. This is not just about women; we men need to recognize the part we play too. Real men treat women with dignity and give them the respect they deserve.”—Prince Harry. (Photo: Instagram)
“When you have a little girl… she has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself.”—Will Smith. (Photo: Instagram)
“My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She would always point out to my brother and me that our culture does often portray women like objects… And if you don’t stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality.”—Joshep Gordon-Levitt. (Photo: Instagram)
“Al men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place… We are better off when women are empowered—it leads to a better society.”—John Legend. (Photo: Instagram)
“It’s so easy to forget the many women who live their lives in fear because of domestic violence. Men have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse their partners.”—Ian Somerhalder. (Photo: Instagram)
“Michelle and I have raise our daughters to speak up when they see a double standard or feel unfairly judged base on their gender race or race—or when they notice that happening to someone else… It’s important that their dad is a feminist, because now that’s what they expect of all men.”—Barack Obama. (Photo: Instagram)
“I invite you to find your voice and let it be known that you stand for abortion rights and the dignity of a woman to be the master of her own life and body… Thank you for being here today and thank you for standing up for the women in my life.”—Mark Ruffalo. (Photo: Instagram)
“It’s crazy. Since there have been men and women, there have been funny women… men keep saying that women aren’t funny. It makes me crazy. I find it disgusting and offensive every time.” – Andy Samberg. (Photo: Instagram)
“It is an injustice to assume only women are responsible for changing diapers. I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn’t dictate one’s responsibility, or limit one’s opportunity.” – Ashton Kutcher. (Photo: Instagram)
“I believe in gender equality. Being a feminist is for both women AND men. I AM A FEMINIST.”—Matt McGorry. (Photo: Instagram)
“When you work with the sort of really strong women that I work with, the idea that anyone would want to make decisions for them is hard to wrap your head around.” – Seth Meyers. (Photo: Instagram)
“You’re a feminist if you go to a Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert and you’re not like, ‘Mmm, I feel like Byeoncé should get 23 percent less money than Jay-Z.”—Aziz Ansari. (Photo: Instagram)
We also have some A-list male allies!
Beyoncé and the feminist hymn “Who Run the World”, Emma Watson and her He For She speech at the UN, and
Emma Stone calling out gender pay gap, are only some of the many, many strong women in the entertainment industry who work to make the world a better place for females.
But, in the words of Prince Harry, feminism “is not just about women”. Many people who want men and women to have the same rights and opportunities are, in fact, men.
And these 12 male celebrities have certainly proved that you don’t need to be a woman to be a proud feminist advocate. Click through our photo gallery above to see what Will Smith, Ashton Kutcher, and other 10 male stars have to say about feminism.