Mexican actress Salma Hayek said that she did not want to be labeled a feminist when she received the Equality Now award at the Make Equality Reality event last November. She says, “I am not a feminist. If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality.”
In an recent interview with The Guardian, Hayek stated that, “I am a feminist because I am proud to be a woman, and I am passionate about making the world a better place for women. I am a feminist because a lot of amazing women have made me the woman I am today. I am inspired by women every day, as friends and as colleagues.”
She also spoke about how being a feminist doesn’t only depend on an individuals gender. “It should not be just because I am a women. It should be a reflex, if someone else is being hurt, to help. It shouldn’t have to be because you are being a victim too. I work a lot for domestic violence, and people often ask me if I have experienced it. And I say, no, on the contrary – my father is a great man, my husband is a great man. But we are all human beings, no?”
A great role model for all women, Hayek co-founded “Chime for Change” with Beyoncé, a global organization empowering women and to support women’s rights with projects to promote health, education and justice.
-Sarah Mae Martin