Groundbreaking 'Vanity Fair' Cover Proves Women Can Raise Hell & Win

vanity fair hollywoodThe annual "Hollywood" issue of Vanity Fair is here, and while it's somewhat familiar looking (a bunch of evening wear–clad celebs shot by Annie Leibovitz), there's one striking difference this year: Every actor featured on the cover is a woman! And when you think about it, this girl power theme is totally fitting: It's been a huge year for women in Hollywood!

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That's because women in Hollywood have been seriously working it this year, speaking out against wage inequality, breaking barriers, and just being unbelievably awesome in general. (Like Diane Keaton being her incredible, inimitable self on the cover!) Here are a few of the most memorable moments.

1. Patricia Arquette Sounds Off

When Patricia Arquette won Best Actress for Boyhood, the actress didn't stick to the usual thank-you spiel; instead, she used her time on stage to address "every woman who ever gave birth to every tax payer and citizen of this nation" and declare that "it's our time to have wage equality once and for all." The audience reaction was priceless -- particularly that of an incredibly enthusiastic and supportive Meryl Streep.

2. Amy Poehler & Tina Fey Call Out the Entertainment Industry

There's reason to celebrate any time Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are in the same room together, and that was especially true at the 2015 Golden Globes when the pair used their platform to skewer sexism in the entertainment industry in a million hilarious ways (sorry, George Clooney!).

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3. Kevin Spacey Supports the Cause

Oh, and speaking of the Golden Globes? Well, Kevin Spacey's not a woman, but when a BuzzFeed reporter asked him some typically sexist questions, his reactions were a win for women everywhere ... and showed that the #SmartGirlsAsk campaign started by Amy Poehler was totally necessary:

4. Amy Schumer Does It All

Amy Schumer, meanwhile, was hitting home runs for feminism all year long, delivering brilliant send-ups of sexism via her show (Inside Amy Schumer), her movie (Trainwreck), and just her very existence. (If you didn't see her "Last F***able Day" sketch with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette, you must watch it here right now.) Even her super candid, extremely relatable Golden Globes acceptance speech was a step forward:

5. Jennifer Lawrence Demands Equality

When the Sony hack revealed (among other things) that Jennifer Lawrence was paid significantly less than her male costars in American Hustle, JLaw penned a fabulous, funny, and fiery essay on the struggles of fighting for equality as a woman in Hollywood: "I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight," she wrote. Among her many supporters? Fellow American Hustle alum Bradley Cooper.

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6. Lena Dunham Spreads the Word

Lena Dunham is nothing if not a feminist force, and this year saw her bringing that spirit into the political realm with her newsletter Lenny, which published an interview with Hillary Clinton as well as Jennifer Lawrence's aforementioned essay.

7. Helen Mirren Redefines Beauty

Completely destroying any existing stereotypes about youth and beauty, 69-year-old Helen Mirren's L'Oreal campaign proves that older women are sexy as hell. And come on, the lady can twerk!

Who knows what amazing things women will do in 2016? Can't wait to find out!

 

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