Stewart admitted in an interview with the Daily Beast that she has never seen herself as the type of person to "stand up and effect change," but said she doesn't understand why so many women don't embrace feminism.
"In America, there are way more male filmmakers than female ones, and they want to tell more masculine stories. Most of our great films that we're proud of, you've got Bob De Niro, Jack Nicholson, and the bravado is overwhelming," Stewart explained. "And that's still going on. I read a million scripts and people say I choose my scripts carefully, but it's just so obvious when the role is different, and complex, and not some typical, archetypal girl, because they're so rare. Not to sound cliché, but it's a male-dominated and driven business."
Stewart isn't the first one — nor will she be the last — to stand up for women who are working to change things. Here are some other celebs who have spoken up recently.
"So many girls out there say, 'I'm not a feminist' because they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining or they picture, like, rioting and picketing. It is not that at all. It just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities. To say that you're not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women. I just think that a lot of girls don't know the definition and the fact that Emma [Watson] got up and explained it I think is an incredible thing and I'm happy to live in a world where that happened."
"What [feminism] means to me is that you don't let your gender define who you are — you can be who you want to be, whether you're a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what 'feminism' means.
"I'm a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it's better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole."
"I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women's expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive.
"Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men."
"I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything. For me, it's not even that I'm a feminist. I'm for anybody. I'm for everybody, for everything. I don't care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you wanna love, who you wanna look like.
"I'm a feminist in the way that I'm really empowering to women. I'm loud and funny and not typically beautiful."
"I think it's great, what's happening at the moment, I think it's great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had, as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, 'Oh, f***ing shut up.'
"Somehow, it became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it's great we're coming out of that."
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