International Women's Day 2024: 10 Most Powerful Women In Showbiz; From Beyonce To Taylor Swift

Female leaders in entertainment have achieved remarkable success. From launching groundbreaking projects like Barbie to embarking on world tours like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé,Let's take a moment and glance through the top 10 female personalities in Hollywood.

Updated on Mar 08, 2024  |  09:59 PM IST |  63.5K
Ophra Winfrey, Taylor Swift and Beyonce ( (Getty Images, Pinkvilla)
Ophra Winfrey, Taylor Swift and Beyonce ( (Getty Images, Pinkvilla)
Key Highlight
  • Female leaders in entertainment have achieved remarkable success
  • UCLA's Hollywood Diversity Report noted a rise in lead acting roles amongst females
  • Disney achieved near-pay equity between male and female actors in 2023

Female leaders in entertainment have achieved remarkable success. From launching groundbreaking projects like Barbie to embarking on world tours like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, they navigated challenges such as labor strikes while continuing to produce compelling content. These women set a high bar for success in the ever-changing cultural landscape.

Furthermore, women in the global film and TV industry saw significant progress. UCLA's Hollywood Diversity Report noted a rise in lead acting roles, writing credits, and director positions for women. Similarly, the BBC reported increased gender parity in content teams, while Disney achieved near-pay equity. However, certain challenges remain, especially with industry gatekeepers and decision-makers still predominantly male. Banijay Rights CEO Cathy Payne emphasizes ongoing efforts to support the next generation, underscoring the need for continuous improvement despite positive strides in female representation. Let's take a moment and glance through the top 10 female personalities in Hollywood who have cemented their name in this sector. 

1. Oprah Winfrey 

What can we say about this incredible global icon? Before hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show, from 1986 to 2011, Oprah faced adversity, including unequal pay. Despite the challenges, she became a powerful figure, advocating for women's rights and amplifying the voices of women of color. Through her media empire and philanthropy, she champions gender equality and supports initiatives like the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. In 2018, she made history as the first black woman to win the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, using her platform to denounce sexual abuse. Her impact extends globally, inspiring change and empowerment for women everywhere.


2. Beyonce 

Before her rise to fame, Beyoncé faced obstacles in a male-dominated industry. Despite the challenges, she became a trailblazer, empowering women through her music and activism. Through her career, she champions gender equality, and celebrates the strength and resilience of women. Beyoncé's influence extends beyond music, with initiatives like her BeyGOOD foundation supporting education, healthcare, and social justice. In 2018, she made history as the first black woman to headline Coachella, delivering a groundbreaking performance that celebrated black culture. With her global platform, Beyoncé continues to inspire and uplift women worldwide, leaving a lasting impact on society.






3. Taylor Swift 

Before achieving stardom, Taylor Swift navigated a male-dominated music industry, facing skepticism and adversity. Undeterred, she emerged as a symbol of female empowerment, using her voice to advocate for gender equality and artistic freedom. Swift's lyrics resonate with women worldwide, addressing themes of self-discovery, resilience, and empowerment. Beyond music, she supports causes like LGBTQ+ rights and education through her philanthropy. In 2018, she broke barriers by endorsing political candidates, encouraging her fans to engage in civic activism. Swift's influence transcends music, inspiring women to acknowledge their individuality and stand up for their beliefs.

4.  Emma Watson

Emma Watson, known for her advocacy for gender equality, launched the Intersectional Feminist Bi-Monthly Book Club in 2016. The club, active until 2020, curated books with feminist themes every two months, fostering meaningful discussions on gender issues and empowerment. Through this initiative, Watson provided a platform for diverse voices and promoted intersectional feminism, encouraging dialogue and learning within the community.





5. Jennifer Aniston 

Jennifer Aniston, renowned for her acting career, has also been a vocal advocate for various social causes, including women's rights. Alongside her notable roles in film and television, Aniston has actively supported organizations promoting gender equality and empowerment. Through her philanthropic endeavors and public statements, she has raised awareness about issues such as body positivity, mental health, and workplace equality. Aniston's dedication to these causes exemplifies her commitment to using her platform to inspire positive change and uplift marginalized voices in society.





6. Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig's Barbie made cinematic history last year, breaking box office records. The film achieved the largest opening weekend ever for a female-directed film, grossing $162 million in North America alone. According to Forbes, women comprised 65% of the audience for "Barbie," marking a significant shift in cinema demographics. However, the film received criticism from male viewers who perceived its portrayal of female agency as lacking. This reaction highlights a reversal of gender perspectives in film representation, offering male audiences a glimpse into the experiences long faced by female viewers.





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7. Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda has long been a vocal advocate for feminist causes. Despite her theoretical approach to feminism, she actively supports female candidates and has brought gender issues into her film roles. She established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health to prevent adolescent pregnancy and has been involved in the V-Day movement to stop violence against women and girls. Fonda emphasizes the importance of women in leadership roles, urging them to lead with empathy and compassion, embracing their womanhood in their leadership style.

8. Geena Davis

Geena Davis, known for her bold on-screen roles, founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004. The institute aims to promote diversity and inclusion in entertainment by mitigating unconscious bias and reducing negative stereotypes. Through research spanning over 30 years, it has become a crucial resource for Hollywood, advocating for more diverse and intersectional representations in media. Davis emphasizes the importance of storytelling in shaping cultural perceptions and believes that diverse portrayals in media are essential for instilling inclusivity and avoiding unconscious bias in future generations.

9. Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell highlights gender disparities in the workplace, addressing the issue of Pinksourcing in a Huffington Post video. She humorously critiques oppressive hiring practices that exploit women as a cheaper labor alternative, citing wage discrepancies and the disproportionate burden of emotional labor. Bell's commentary sheds light on the systemic factors perpetuating the gender pay gap and the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions.





10.  Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay, a groundbreaking filmmaker, urges action in creativity. Notably, her films Selma and 13th confront racial prejudice, garnering critical acclaim and awards. As the first African American woman nominated for a Golden Globe for best director, she challenges norms in Hollywood. With her production company, ARRAY, she emphasizes diversity and inclusion in filmmaking, leading the charge for gender equality.

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