It’s refreshing in this day and age to see so many men standing up for women’s equality. After someone polled an online forum asking for male celebrities who advocate for women’s rights, here are their top contenders.
1. Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista is an American actor and former WWE star. He is known for his iconic Drax role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has been outspoken about gender equality. One user states, “He even supported his ex-wife through cancer treatments. They divorced before her diagnosis.”
When asked if men who look like him should get louder to fight for women’s rights, “I don’t think it has anything to do with men who look like me,” Bautista responded, “Every man needs to be louder about the rights of women.”
2. Lewis Hamilton
A British race care driver, Lewis Hamilton, is also known for speaking out about equality. One user says, “Lewis Hamilton is big on pushing to get more women involved in racing. He’s supported the W Series and the new all-women series F1 has started and talks about needing a better pipeline to get women into the sport. He’s even gone to W Series races to show support.”
3. Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart is best known as Captain Piccard in the long-running Star Trek, the Next Generation series. Stewart has been a long-time speaker about violence against women and has been enlisting men in the movement to end violence against women, which he has called “the single greatest human rights violation of our generation.”
4. Darren Hayes
Darren Hayes is an Australian musician. He was the frontman of the band Savage Garden before its disbandment in 2001. An advocate against violence against women, Hayes has written and performed such songs as “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” and “Neverland,” detailing his own experiences from childhood.
5. Mark Ruffalo
An American actor, Mark Ruffalo, is known for many movie roles, such as the Hulk. While speaking out for a woman’s right to choose on many occasions, he has also been known to flip interviewers’ questions for women that bare no answers to the topic at hand.
When doing an interview with Scarlett Johansson, Ruffalo took on her question about attire, diet, and makeup tips, leaving her to answer the relevant questions, like how she developed her character.
6. Chadwick Boseman
Chad Boseman, known for such roles as Black Panther, was an American actor who showed his support for equality through organizations such as ONE’s Poverty is Sexist campaign and LOG (Love of Girls). He also advocated for the women he worked with and their characters in his films.
He also showed respect and support for women on and off the screen. It is reported he cut his own wage to secure equal pay for his female co-star.
7. Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy, an Irish actor known for such roles in A Quiet Place and 28 Days Later, has been known to walk a few marches for women’s rights. Speaking out many times on women’s rights and calling out others to do the same.
Someone quotes, “In 2018, he called for men to “come out and support women” by voting in Ireland’s referendum on the abortion legislation and said: “If women don’t have the right to determine decisions about their own body, then they can’t have equal rights. It’s as simple as that.”
8. Andy Murray
Andy Murray is a famous Tennis player who has won three Grand Slam singles titles and reached 11 major finals. Throughout his career, he has been vocal about the lack of equality in sports. He fights for women to share in equal pay and ensures credit goes where it is deserved.
After a journalist congratulated him for becoming the first player to win back-to-back gold medals, he reminded the questioner that Venus and Serena Williams “have won about four each.”
Hozier is an Irish musician known for his hit single, “Take Me to Church.” He is known as Irelands activist musician, with his lyrics spreading awareness about literature and religion. In his third album, he released a single advocating feminism titled Swan upon Leda.
10. Pedro Pascal
Pedro Pascal is a Chilean and American actor. Pascal has used his fame as a platform to raise awareness about gender-based violence and spoken out against objectification and mistreatment of women in the industry. One user shares, “He’s a supporter of diversity and speaks out about the importance of authentic representation in media.
11. Alan Alda
Alan Alda is best known for his role on the long-time T.V. show MASH One user boasts, “The OG Hollywood man speaking up for women is Alan Alda, better known as Hawkeye from MASH. Alda chaired the “Men for Equal Rights Amendment” and has always supported female political candidates and issues. He’s still out there at age 87 speaking up for reproductive rights.”
12. Justin Baldoni
Justin Baldoni is an American actor best known for his role on the CW satirical romantic dramedy Jane the Virgin. Baldoni doesn’t just speak about women’s rights but also advocates for men not to be afraid to show their more gentle feminine side.
One user adds, “He’s huge into dismantling the male ego; he’s given a TED talk on it and written a book called Man Enough. At some point, he said that men should learn to embrace their feminine qualities by championing women who embody them. He seems very passionate about it.”
13. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain, known as the undisputed king of 90’s grunge, was the lead vocalist of Nirvana. Before his tragic ending in 1994, he proudly identified himself as a feminist and had a long track record of friendships with and support of strong women.
One user says, “he wrote several songs about women’s issues and was always vehemently vocal about supporting feminism, rejecting misogyny, and challenging gender norms.”
14. Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito is an American actor known for TV shows and movies such as Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Taxi, Twins, and many more. DeVito has been very vocal about his beliefs on inequality in general, not just for women.
But in an interview with The Guardian, he was asked if Hollywood is unfair to women. Devito responds, “I don’t think it’s only Hollywood, and I think it’s just generally speaking. Most men, somewhere in their psyche, are still dragging women around by their hair. It’s terrible. I have two daughters, but even before my kids were born, I always thought that it was terrible.”
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