Recently interviewed and questioned about whether she was a feminist, Ms. Woodley deflected the term. She does not support the idea of "women over men," which is how she interprets the term. She believes in equality and balance. Quite "Divergent" thinking.
When asked if she was feminist, Kelly expressed her distaste with the label. She stated that she felt it was too strong a word, preferring not to come forward as "Miss Independence." She likes being taken care of by her husband, and doesn't see how that can be reconciled with her view of feminism.
Though her country songs often depict strong, at times vicious, females, Carrie said, "I wouldn't go so far as to say I am a feminist." She deemed the term too harsh in connotations, but she is definitely a strong female.
Who would have thought that one of our most outspoken advocate for marriage equality would (initially at least) shy away from the feminist label with the rest? Gaga proclaimed her love for men and especially a fascination for American male culture when interviewed. However, she later confessed that she couldn't hide behind her poker face any longer and that she was "a little bit of a feminist."
Even with her impressive array of songs about female equality and female strength, Ms. Perry is not jumping on the feminist bandwagon. She may have kissed a girl and liked it, but that doesn't mean she likes the "feminist" label. She believes in the strength of women, but thinks that 'feminist' is too strong of a label.
Though famous for her strong feminine roles and identification with some feminist ideals, Mrs. Paltrow has no interest in the title. She finds herself in a place of choosing between a "feminist" career (being independent and progressing her own career) or taking on the roles of wife and mother. She has simply chosen the latter.
Raised to work just as hard as the boys, Taylor Swift really doesn't identify with the feminist label. No matter what, her country music is just about digging deep for your own strength and independence. But wait, isn't that feminist?
Sarah Jessica Parker
Quoting her favorite playwright, Ms. Parker says she is "not a feminist, I'm a humanist." A nice and elegant way of saying she simply rejects the term and its connotations.
Though she's come forward in support of women many times, Ms. Moore doesn't identify with feminism either. She finds it more productive to think in terms of equal human rights. However, she will always remain to support strong women everywhere.
Dita von Teese
Famous for her revival of Burlesque shows, Dita is often considered a pioneer for being more open about letting women express their sexuality. However, she is not ready to tackle the feminist term. Her work is about strong females in many ways, but she chooses not to fence in her possibilities with labels.
Sarandon finds the term antiquated, saying that even her 28 year-old daughter does not identify with feminism. She is definitely not interested in the negative connotations to feminism. Ms. Sarandon elegantly shifts the focus to the broader concept of equal human rights, education, and health care.
Identifying herself as a humanist, Madonna gracefully sidesteps the term of feminism. Though it can be argued that she has been a hugely influential female in terms of expanding female sexuality —she pioneered it in the 80s! She's another star who is a feminist without even knowing it.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Though in a perfect political position to be a feminist advocate, Sandra Day O'Connor does not think of herself as a feminist. As the very first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, it's mind-boggling that she's decided to disregard the label.