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Today Ms. Foundation for Women announced that Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been named the Feminist Celebrity of 2014. She received the most votes in a survey conducted by the Ms. Foundation, in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com. After her fantastic speech about feminism to the United Nations earlier this year, it’s no wonder. The top ten are below:

1. Emma Watson
2. Laverne Cox
3. Rachel Maddow
4. Beyoncé
5. Cher
6. Amy Poehler
7. Tina Fey
8. Meryl Streep
9. Mindy Kaling
10. Ann Curry

In a press release,President and CEO Teresa Younger said, “We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we’re giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women’s equality. Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term ‘feminist,’ spoken out for women’s equal rights or battled against sexist oppression.”

The foundation launched the survey last month in response to Time magazine putting the word “feminist” on their survey of list of words to ban. The response from feminists was overwhelming and Time had to retract the word and apologize. Damn right. Banning a word that means equality for women? Seriously, Time, what have you become?

“Celebrities who embrace feminism or speak out for women’s equality are helping to spread the word and build support for women’s rights,” Younger said. “With this survey, we’re expanding the conversation about women’s empowerment to even more people.”

 

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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