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Twelve Feminists That Broke the Rules and Embraced Their Sexuality

It’s International Women’s Day!

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. The day highlights and celebrates the important movement for women’s rights.

To celebrate, Ann Summers have highlighted twelve unique and important feminists that have redefined the rules and embraced their sexuality. From business bosses such as Helen Gurley Brown to entertainment legends like Cher and Madonna, there’s plenty to champion.


These iconic women have had a huge cultural impact on female sexual liberation, and have continued to work hard for equality for all.

Let’s take a look at these twelve iconic feminists.

FROM HER ICONIC SHOWGIRL OUTFITS to her risque music videos, Cher has pushed the boundaries of female sexuality for the past 45 years. The Oscar winner now uses Twitter as her platform to highlight issues such as the gender wage gap and transgender equality.

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE is a celebrated writer with numerous literary awards under her belt. Her iconic TEDx talk, “We should all be feminists”, explored her relationship with being an African feminist and was sampled for Beyonce’s song Flawless, inspiring a new generation of people to reconsider preconceived gender roles and sexuality.

SUSIE BRIGHT is one of the first people to be referred to as a sex-positive feminist. She helped launch Good Vibrations, a pioneering vibrator store in the 1980s, and co-founded and edited the first women-produced sex-magazine, On Our Backs, championing sexual pleasure and exploration for all women!


JACQUELINE DUFRESNOY, or Coccinelle, was a transgender entertainer who made history in France in the 1950s. After a gender-reassignment operation, she became a media sensation. Coccinelle used her fame for good, working extensively as an activist on behalf of transgender people.

ACTRESS AND LGBT ADVOCATE Laverne Cox was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category, has appeared on the cover to Time Magazine and has won numerous awards for her activism. She’s also the super-sexy face of Beyonce’s Ivy park range.

THE EPOCHAL QUEEN BEE is one of the best-selling music artists in history. From Destiny’s Child to Lemonade, she’s always championed women. Arguably, her most iconic moment was performing in front of a screen emblazoned with the word ‘FEMINIST’ at the MTV VMAs – solidifying feminism as a mainstream staple.


ANN SUMMERS OWNER Jacqueline Gold shaped Ann Summers into the iconic retail empire it is today, helping thousands of women discover how to take control of their own pleasure. She’s been named Britain’s most powerful women more than once and has won numerous awards in business.

HELEN GURLEY BROWN is widely credited with revolutionising Cosmopolitan Magazine by offering young women a place to read about sex. As controversial as she was successful, there’s no doubt that Brown had a hand in changing how women in the western world related to sex in the 20th century.

AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST Caitlin talks about sex in a frank and honest way, encouraging women to understand their own desires. She’s been voted the most influential British journalist on Twitter and her Twitter feed is a part of the English A-Level set texts!


ENTREPRENEUR Marcia Kilgore is changing the beauty industry. Founder of five successful companies over the last five years (including the beauty brand Soap and Glory) she has paved the way for female inventors and entrepreneurs.

SYLVIA DAY’S SUPER HOT ROMANCE NOVELS have 13 million English-language copies in print and she is a number-one best-selling author in over 28 countries. You can trust us, her books don’t hold back when it comes to delving into the depths of female and male desire.

GLOBALLY ICONIC, culturally groundbreaking, and unapologetically sexy, Madonna has faced misogyny throughout her career, and always comes out on top. Often revolutionary and always relevant, her outspokenness showed young women that they, too, could be unapologetic about who they are.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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