The Feminist Icons Every Millennial Should Know

If you went searching for a bit of feminist solidarity, you wouldn't have to look far. Right now, perhaps more than any other time in our country's history (or world's, lest you forget about last January's four-million-strong Women's March), the sentiment is everywhere in mainstream (and not-so-mainstream) media: within music lyrics, on the runways of Fashion Week, all over Instagram, and written across T-shirts from Dior's "We Should All Be Feminists" designs to Otherwild's "The Future Is Female" viral success. But the thing is, while we'll forever champion equality, there are still plenty of those who challenge it. And every once in a while, we turn to some of the women ahead.

We consider these leaders, their legacies, and their strengths to be some of our consistent sources of inspiration. Even in times when our careers, our peers, or our government leaders don't reflect our ideals, we keep trailblazers like Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis in mind, we re-read one of our favorite poems by Maya Angelou or Cleo Wade, we dance to a Beyoncé hit, and we push forward.

In case you don't have a favorite empowering mantra yet, go ahead and let the 15 inspired reminders ahead be your own jumping-off point. Keep them in mind next time the naysayers get you down.