In a move that historians will eventually call heroic, actress Claire Danes came out in a Glamour interview as a feminist. That’s right. She just came right out and said. Like it was nothing. “My name is Claire Danes, I star in Homeland and I’m a feminist.”
“I am a feminist. And I’m so glad that [Girls creator and star] Lena Dunham exists, because she is one too, and she’s quite vocal about it. Yes, women have more freedom and more influence than ever, but it’s hardly equal. It’s just not.”
In a year when so many celebrities are avoiding coming out as being pro-women, it’s (sadly) inspiring to see one announce it so flagrantly. And before a fight erupts in the comments and someone uses the phrase, “I’m a humanist” like its a legitimate thing, let’s go over the definition of feminism that we use around here. Simply put, it’s believing that men and women should be treated equally. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking about men and women getting paid equal amounts for doing the same job or if we’re talking about women being able to criticize another woman even though they both have vaginas. Equal is equal is equal. The only exception, of course being, if I time traveled to the Titanic. In that case, women and children first. Cal last.
If Claire Danes manages to survive this confession without being fired from her job and/or forced to stand trial for being a witch, then maybe more celebrities will come out as feminists. Here’s to hoping that a few more ladies speak up in support of ladies in 2014!