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Feminism is about advocating for women’s rights through social and political movements. Yet, its prominence in today’s society is not by accident.

Women have banded together to make themselves important and not mere playthings in lesbian movies. They’ve fought for the right to be equal. It’s by no coincidence that women have more rights today than ever before.

 

It’s women like these below that have given females around the world a voice in the face of adversity.

 

Sylvia Rivera

If you’ve heard of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance, then you may know the name, Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia was the founding member of these groups and a transgender activist. Most people associate Sylvia with the raid of Stonewall Inn in 1969 where she threw a bottle. She is also famous for her quote: “Hell hath no fury like a drag queen scorned.”

Gloria E. Anzaldua

Gloria Anzaldua was a beacon of light from the 1940s until early 2000. Not only did she highlight mixed cultures along the borders of Mexico, but she was an American scholar on cultural, queer, and feminist theory.  Gloria often spoke about her life growing up on the Mexico-Texas Border and the social and cultural marginalization she experienced.

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a black feminist lesbian that identified as a black, lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet. Audre was all about black female empowerment and was a fierce advocate for equal rights. She died from breast cancer in 1992.

 

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is more than a talk show host. She’s one of the country’s most famous and loved lesbians and one that stands up for LGBT rights. Ellen often uses her show as a platform to be out and proud, and is not apologetic for it.

Alice Walker

If there’s any woman to advance the cause of feminism, it’s Alice Walker. Alice is an activist, a writer, and a woman of color. She is also a lesbian. Alice travels the world to speak about injustices and those who are poor and oppressed. While she’s well known for her work on stage, she’s also the author of a book called The Color Purple. Director Steven Spielberg made it into a movie in 1985.

 

Alice’s works follow the life of an African-American woman who faced four decades of bigotry and abuse. Her story is not dissimilar to what some people have experienced in real life. The film, book, and Alice have all been pivotal to civil rights and the feminist movement.

Frida Kahlo

Many feminists express themselves through social and political movements. Frida Kahlo was a woman who took it one step further. She was an artist in the 1900s and incorporated the female form into many of her pieces. Frida was Mexican and took feminism seriously. She was openly radical and had both female and male lovers.

Lesbian feminism is not a new phenomenon, dating back to the early 1970s. However, it’s only in recent years that all the hard work of lesbian pioneers has paid off. Women now have more rights than ever before, but it’s only the beginning. The gay women above and many more have shined the light on a problem that’s now in the hands of modern women to solve.