Contrary to popular belief, attractive women are allowed to be feminists. (Seriously, it's on Wikipedia and everything.) So, rather than spend time disputing this in the breakroom, we've decided to list some of the cutest soldiers the feminista army currently has to offer. Plus, in the spirit of things, we've ranked them based on "inner beauty."
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7. Jennifer Baumgardner
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Like most bi-sexual writers from Fargo, North Dakota, Jennifer Baumgardner has had a storied literary career focused on political equity, feminist rights, and a long-term sexual relationship with a founding member of The Indigo Girls.
A celebrated author with a sharp wit and insightful tone, Baumgardner’s arsenal includes Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, and Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics as well as a film entitled Speak Out: I had an Abortion. (All three of which were recommended on the Spike.com feminist book and film chat forum, though, you probably already knew that.)
6. Kat Banyard
According to Ask Jeeves, the United Kingdom not only allows women to operate motor vehicles, but also permits the fairer sex to vote in municipal elections and own livestock without special permits. Though it’s unclear when such monumental strides in sexual equality were taken, it’s presumable to think that trailblazing feminists like London’s Kat Banyard helped lead the cause.
Author of The Equality Illusion and director of UK Feminista, Banyard has spent the majority of her professional life furthering the feminist cause and ensuring that women throughout England enjoy the same rights as their mildly effeminate male counterparts. (Which, judging by their national soccer team, includes the procurement of disease-free prostitutes and struggling to stay competitive in World Cup matches with Germany.)
5. Kristen Gillibrand
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The former Asian studies major and current New York senator is a self-described feminist who has worked tirelessly to occasionally fight for women’s rights in various political forums. During an interview with Womensrights.change.org, the former sorority girl turned tobacco defender claimed that “we've reached a point where women really can get elected at the highest levels of government all over the country” and “I have no doubt that we will see more women in elected office in the coming years.” (She also listed “bad breath” and “male flight attendants” as her turn-offs later in the article.)
4. Nina Hartley
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A pioneer in the world of porn star feminism, Hartley has a storied career that spans several decades. The esteemed adult film actress is well known to both sexually frustrated teenagers who enjoy her on-screen performances and socially aware women’s rights leaders who appreciate her off-camera insight.
3. Naomi Wolf
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Perhaps one of the most influential third-wave feminist authors in recent memory (the first two waves were mostly build-up, like Lord of the Rings), Wolf burst onto the gender-stereotyping scene with her international best-sellier “The Beauty Myth” in the early '90s.
Aptly assigning blame to both men and societal standards, the admittedly brilliant book boasts a level of sophistication and wisdom that both empower women and earned its author J.K. Rowling-type money.
2. Jessica Coen
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The saucy editor of Jezebel.com has established a large and diverse following thanks to her unique voice and creative approach. Blessed with classic good looks and an irreverent writing style, Coen has become an iconic figure in both the feminist and literary worlds since first joining the Gawker family at just 24 years old. (Plus, she's not afraid to curse like an Irish dock worker while Tweeting about University of Michigan Football games, which seems to shatter at least 13 gender stereotypes.)
1. Nicole Kidman
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The Academy Award-winning actress and heralded survivor of the Tom Cruise marriage experience is not only a two-time cover model for Ladies Home Journal, but also a Goodwill Ambassador on the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
The “Days of Thunder” – yes, she was in that, star has spent years helping raise awareness for women’s rights throughout the world, including a recent crusade in Haiti to discuss the post-earthquake sexual exploitation ravaging the still-recovering nation.