9 Feminist Husbands That Show Total Support For Their Feminist Wives
2018 has been marked by waves of feminism, from the #MeToo Movement to the ongoing discussions around the gender pay gap. It’s been a helluva ride, one that will surely continue into 2019 and the years to come. We’ve heard from many female celebrities but what about the guy celebs who have spoken out in celebration of feminism and gender equality? We highlight some of pop culture’s most vocal male feminists. Vive la résistance (with male company)!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry recently made news after praising his wife, Meghan Markle, after her speech on their royal tour of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Tonga. Meghan used her speech to talk about women’s rights and specifically highlighted the importance of education for women and girls. The event’s MC loved the speech so much that he did not introduce Prince Harry, who was set to speak after Markle. He reportedly said, “I thought I got away with it,” he said. “No way that I could follow my wife after that.”
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
At a press conference in March 2013, Legend said, “All 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.”After the birth of their first child, Teigen shared her battle with postpartum depression, which John fully supported her through. Talk about a power couple!
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys
When Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys decided to ditch her makeup, it wasn’t just a policy for special events. She was inspired to go completely makeup-free indefinitely after shooting photography for her album, Here, and to embrace showing off her true self. When she attended the2016 MTV Video Music Awards without makeup, the haters came out in full force and Keys’ music producer husband, Swizz Beatz, felt compelled to support his wife with an emotional Instagram video pondering why someone is sitting at home mad because a celebrity didn’t wear makeup on their face. Excuse us, we need a tissue because we’re crying over the beauty of this.
Carey Hart and Pink
Pink is an outspoken American singer/songwriter but also a feminist who has had to battle parent shamers along with her husband, Carey Hart. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2017, Hart shared a post on Instagram with the caption “Yep, she is a badass woman. Love my valentine. @pink”. #CoupleGoals
George and Amal Clooney
Amal has talked about what feminism means to her and at the Texas Conference for Women in 2016, she urged women to perform “everyday acts of feminism” for each other and to support each other at work as in everyday life. Her husband, actor George Clooney, clearly supports her as he can’t stop gushing about her during every interview he has.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Beyoncé is indubitably a feminist and if you question this then you need to examine her discography with its female anthems such as “Run the World (Girls)” and “Single Ladies”. She pretty much shouted it from the rooftop with a “Feminist” LED sign at her 2014 MTV VMAs performance. While her husband has never said anything about his wife’s feminism, it’s clear that actions speak louder than words because the couple just wrapped their co-headlining stadium tour, On the Run II, which just goes to show that their relationship is one of equality.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Actress Mila Kunis wrote a powerful essay for A Plusin 2016 on sexism in the workplace and promoting a more gender-equal world. Her husband, Ashton Kutcher, recently shared his perspective on the #MeToo movement at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco where he encouraged a proactive approach from men such as investing in companies that are female-founded and hiring more women.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Actress Elsa Pataky is a badass who juggles an acting career with being a mom to three kids so it makes sense that her husband, actor Chris Hemsworth, is a feminist. “Oh yeah, for sure [I’m a feminist]. My mum’s a big feminist. I think that my views on things, as far as my respect for women and so on, came from my mum,” the Thor actor told Radio Times in March 2016. “My dad has a very balanced and respectful view on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life. I think the balance has been tipped for a long time heavily in men’s direction.”
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams
This list would not be complete without the GOAT, Serena Williams, and her husband Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit. This picture of Ohanian admiring his wife made the rounds after Serena returned to the tennis courts at the 2018 U.S. Open over the summer. Find you a man who looks at you the way Alexis looks at Serena (while she is smashing sexism and postpartum depression taboo at the same time).