Happy International Women’s Day.
We thought it seemed a good day (as would any other day) to pay tribute to our favorite women who are putting notably good stuff out into the cultural landscape right now.
So let’s take a moment to highlight just a few of those women who we’re particularly inspired by at the moment—from Samantha Bee to Emma Stone, from Laverne Cox to Tavi Gevinson, from Melissa McCarthy to her hairpiece.
Ladies, we appreciate you.
Her newest stand-up release, The Leather Special, just came out on Netflix. In it, she unapologetically rants on subjects like female sexuality, double standards and negative body image, in a leather jumpsuit. Hence the title.
Just keep saying it to yourself: “When they go low, we go high.”
For helping make musicals great again.
So, yeah, she’s an actress, and a great one. Got that Disney movie coming out soon. She’s also a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. But you knew that. Right?
She continues to run, contribute to and edit Rookie; she just published a series called The Infinity Diaries about her move to New York, heartbreak and doing her first play (last year, she acted on Broadway in The Crucible and The Cherry Orchard). She’s, um, 20.
You have to admit she got everyone talking with Girls, now in its final season, and through Lenny, the online publication she runs with Jennifer Konner.
Only Beyoncé could garner exactly zero blowback for bowing out of Coachella (on account of the holy twins). She brought something pretty damn special with Lemonade. You know it, we know it, Adele knows it.
Is “social poet” a thing yet? She’s been a strong rising young writer for some time now, with a million Instagram followers. If you haven’t yet checked out Milk and Honey, it’s worth a read. Or five.
After finally collecting a well-deserved Oscar for Fences, she just stopped by Harvard to pick up her Artist of the Year Award. We see you, Viola.
Since the election, when she performed “Hallelujah” as Hillary, she’s been consistently killing it on SNL, most recently impersonating Jeff Sessions as Forrest Gump. Yeah, the ratings are through the roof.
Two words: Sean Spicer.
Millie Bobby Brown
On Stranger Things, Eleven is one of our (and everyone’s) favorite characters of the last year. Oh, the things she’s done for the Eggo brand alone...
She’s bringing something new and necessary to the table with HBO’s Insecure.
An absolute gem of an actor, culminating in her acting calm as hell while announcing the wrong Oscar winner the other week. We still love you, Faye.
After that gut-wrenching performance in Moonlight, we’re looking forward to her next Academy Award nomination, and the one after that...
The Cast of Ocean’s Eight
Somebody figured out a way to get Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina in the same heist movie. We will watch said movie (in June 2018).
She’s about to costar with Will Ferrell in The House. They play parents who start an underground casino in their basement to make enough money to send their daughter to college. Enough said.
As one of the very few people alive who currently make Twitter a happy place, she’s totally fine sharing thoughts on pizza, drunken nights out with Mr. Legend and whatever Donald Trump has just done.
Here comes the fifth season of The Americans, a hilariously dated tale of Russian espionage and Cold War–era politics. Ha.
You’ve got to tip your hat to the only woman with her own late-night comedy show, and for being more adept than the guys at roasting Trump.
For being one of the most badass figures in fake politics.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Hey, she’s called the Notorious RBG for a reason. And, at age 83, she can bench press and squat more weight than many people can in their youth.
Sadly, CBS’s recent lawyer show, Doubt, didn’t last long, but still. Between that groundbreaking role and Orange Is the New Black, she will have starred in two major ensemble shows this year, while constantly advocating for LGBT rights. At some point maybe she sleeps. So, what have you been up to?
After a pretty damn impressive performance at the Super Bowl (which she opened with a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”), she’s now prepping to headline Coachella. Hey, if anyone can replace Beyoncé...
Taraji P. Henson
She can pull off both a brilliant mathematician working at NASA (in Hidden Figures) and badass co-CEO of a record label (on Empire). Which is not an easy feat. We’ve tried.