Emma Watson Named Feminist Celebrity of the Year

The actress took top honors in the Ms. Foundation's 2014 survey.

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Emma Watson was voted the top feminist of 2014 in a Ms. Foundation for Women online poll, conducted in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com, and it's a well-deserved win. In 2014, the 24-year-old actress gave a rousing speech about gender equality to the United Nations, telling men, "Gender equality is your issue too." In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she also helped launch the "He for She" campaign to work with men in ending violence against women. Watson's speech also made Cosmopolitan.com's list of the 2014 best moments for women

"I want men to take up this mantle," Watson said in her speech, "so their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves."

Here are the top 10 2014 feminists, according to Ms. Foundation voters:

  1. Emma Watson      
  2. Laverne Cox         
  3. Rachel Maddow   
  4. Beyoncé    
  5. Cher           
  6. Amy Poehler        
  7. Tina Fey     
  8. Meryl Streep        
  9. Mindy Kaling         
  10. Ann Curry

    "We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we're giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women's equality," Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa Younger said in a statement. "Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term 'feminist,' spoken out for women's equal rights, or battled against sexist oppression."

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