Part of the reason we celebrate stars so much is because they are larger than life and inspire us to be better people.
Sometimes they don’t always turn out to be the amazing role models we chalk them up to be — they are human, after all — but this past weekend, female celebrities showed up on social media in droves to prove that they and women around the world are forces to be reckoned with in honor of International Women’s Day.
Emma Watson, Goodwill Ambassador to UN Women and captain of the HeForShe campaign, kicked off the day by hosting a live conversation on Facebook, welcoming people to ask questions about HeForShe and gender equality. “Encourage and include each other,” Watson said during the chat. “Don’t try and ostracize each other and have an open mind and don’t have expectations based on the gender or the sex you see in front of you.”
Kourtney Kardashian seized the moment to recognize the strong women in her own life that inspire her. Hate on the Kardashian clan all you want, but Kourtney’s message about teaching girls, and boys, to be who they are and lift each other up is super-powerful.
Ariana Grande, who has definitely fought her fair share of battles defending her image, came out with a strong message on Twitter about women empowering women.
Iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson celebrated with Wonder Woman and a healthy breakfast.
And actress AnnaSophia Robb was right there with Johnson on the superhero front.
While Gomez and Goulding may have been with Swift in spirit, they spent International Women’s Day celebrating elsewhere. Gomez surrounded herself with the strong women in her life and Goulding was with super-athletes Sarah Reinertsen and Carmelita Jeter.
Dancing With the Stars‘ Cheryl Burke wanted women to feel comfortable being themselves on International Women’s Day.
And Kristen Bell gave a shout-out to the We’re Not There Yet campaign, which challenged everyone to change their profile pictures to ghost avatars in a nod to what the world would be like without women in it.
Katy Perry was dreaming of a world where women rule.
Model Gigi Hadid shared pride for her pal, Karlie Kloss, who completed the Semi Marathon de Paris in honor of the day.
Miranda Lambert celebrated the day by giving props to her friend Brandi Carlile, who’s a powerful woman with a strong voice.