Beyonce Loses Feminist of the Year Title to Emma Watson

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Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

One way to measure how far feminism has come is realizing we now have a list of celebrated entertainers who've made great strides for feminism (the point is, of course, a bit muddled by the subsequent ranking of said women). 

Emma Watson was named the Feminist Celebrity of 2014, according to a release from the Ms. Foundation for Women. The actress made headlines all over the world with her passionate speech at the United Nations headquarters encouraging men to be advocates for feminism as well. 

Beyonce -- who helped introduce and more importantly define feminism to a new audience -- with her Beyonce album, ranked No. 4 on the list. (Remember in "***Flawless" when Queen Bey co-ops Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech? Thanks to her, now a much larger group of people can recite these iconic words: "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, 'You can have ambition,but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man'...Feminist: the person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes."

The full list, chosen in an online survey promoted by the Ms. Foundation For Women with, is below. 

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


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