Priyanka Chopra has always been out spoken about issues she feels passionately about. Whereas other Bollywood actresses have shied away from calling themselves feminist, Priyanka have never been one to tiptoe around claiming the title. From promotions of films, interviews, to the types of social work she supports Priyanka is vocal about the need for a change in the way women are treated in Indian society and the Bollywood industry.
“I feel that women need to have a voice. That’s the basic right of the women, and that’s global. When a woman says something, she shouldn’t be judged or silenced because she’s a woman. The first step to empowerment and feminism is freedom for a woman to be able to be who she wants to be without being judged or objectified. For centuries, women have always been told to be a certain way or behave a certain way, and it’s time women decide what they want themselves individually.” (Source: quantico-gifs.tumblr.com)
One issue that Priyanka has always been vocal about is rape, as well the constant debate over the type of clothes girls wear in relation to the high rate of rape in India, “Nobody has the right to turn out and tell me that I can’t wear a certain outfit, that I can’t go out to a certain place because I would be safer, or because a man looks at me…” (Source: stories-yet-to-be-written.tumblr.com)
Not only does she talk about how stupid it is to connect a women’s clothes with her getting raped, she also calls out people on it.
And she recognizes how women aren’t paid nearly what they deserve. She takes every opportunity she can to address the need for serious changes, even on comedy shows.
Lastly, not only does she preach about feminism but she uses her fame and power to empower other women and girls and create lasting change. Priyanka actively supports Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, a government initiative meant to provide services for women and better existing ones.