The Top 5 Most Feminist Oscars Moments

While we’re not quite ready to call last night the #FeministOscars—there were some majorly ugh-worthy moments (hey, Sean Penn)—there was certainly lots to cheer for. Join us on a journey through the Oscars most feminist moments:

1. The #AskHerMore campaign ruled the red carpet.

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Reese Witherspoon got on board with the #AskHerMore campaign before the Oscars and it had a real impact on the questions being asked. When Good Morning America host Robin Roberts asked Witherspoon about the campaign, the actor replied, “We’re more than just our dresses.”

2. Common and John Legend used their acceptance speeches to back the struggle for equal rights.

After winning Best Song for their moving track “Glory” from Selma, musicians John Legend and Common took to the stage to deliver a battle cry for equality and social justice. “The spirit of this bridge [that Martin Luther King crossed in Selma, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement] transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status,” said Common. Added Legend, “Selma is now. [The] struggle for justice is right now.”

3. Steve Carrell and Jake McDorman rocked #HeForShe cufflinks.

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While swapping “Who are you wearing?” for more substantive red-carpet questions is a move we wholeheartedly applaud, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention “who”—or rather what—Steve Carrell and Jake McDorman were wearing at the Oscars. Gifted to them by U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, the actors donned #HeForShe solidarity cufflinks and proudly showed them off on social media.

4. Patricia Arquette delivered an impassioned plea for women’s rights.

Take a look at our coverage of her remarks here and here.

5. The Mani Cam was finally banished from the red carpet.

After Julianne Moore and Jennifer Aniston said no to the E! Mani Cam earlier this year, and other stars criticized the mini red carpet where women were expected to “walk” their fingers and show their manicures and jewelry, the entertainment TV network canned the offensive practice.

Did we miss your favorite moment? Share it in the comments!



Stephanie hails from Toronto, Canada. She is a Ms. writer, a master of journalism candidate and a hip hop dancer/instructor/choreographer. She got her start in feminist journalism at the age of 16 when she was a member of the first editorial collective at Shameless magazine—and she has never looked back.