Today is a special day: it’s Julianne Moore’s birthday! And if you don’t know why that’s exciting, then we’re not friends anymore. Kidding. No, but seriously.
Julianne is smart, talented, gorgeous, and (best part) a feminist! She was featured in our post about celebs who aren’t afraid to use the “F word,” because instead of backing away from the label like so many stars, Julianne claims it proudly. And that is awesome. She is awesome.
So, in honor of Julianne’s birthday, here are her top 5 feminist quotes. Really, these are just a few among many. Read them, and be happy.
1. Speaking to The Guardian about feminism and her career:
“For those of us who were born in the 60s and came of age in the 70s, and remember the women’s movement – I mean, my God, birth control wasn’t legal in the US until 1965, I think. That’s insane! And there are girls today who don’t know that. We can talk about glass ceilings, but we have to remember there was a time when there wasn’t even a door. I don’t take any of it for granted for a minute.”
2. In the same interview about her mom as feminist inspiration:
“My mother died a year and a half ago, and I’m still having a really hard time with it. But she was, you know, she was married when she was 19, and she had three children really quickly, and she didn’t graduate from college until I was in the eighth grade, and then she got two master’s degrees, she worked so hard, and she always said, you know, you can do anything you want, and have a career, and . . .”
3. When asked whether or not she’s a feminist:
“Oh, yeah, absolutely. At one point, ‘feminist’ became a pejorative term. How did that happen?”
4. Talking to The Daily Beast about the Don Jon:
“[Romantic comedies and porn are] fantasies being fed to people that are fueling an unrealistic expectation of how they should be. There’s the princess fantasy. I understand role-play with kids, and both of my children are interested in superheroes and princesses, but the way we’ve saturated our culture with these ideas is that a little girl thinks that’s how it’s supposed to be. But it’s unattainable, and yet that’s a fantasy that persists. So, you have romantic comedies, pornography, media images that are unrealistic and they’re all preventing people from being themselves.”
5. That time she broke down the benefits of health care reform for women:
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