20 Female Icon Celebrities Little Kids Can Look Up Too

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Alyssa Milano

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In the early’s 80s, Alyssa Milano was America’s sweetheart, portraying Sam (the daughter of Tony Danza) on the hit show, “Who’s the Boss.” She was a talented child actor who grew into adulthood on TV, often playing sex symbols and empowered women kicking butt and taking names. In 1998, she took on the role of Phoebe Halliwell on the show Charmed: a show about three sisters who are also witches who battle monsters and demons to save innocents; and never looked back. The show ended in 2006, and though Alyssa still took some acting projects here and there, she mostly decided to take time off to be with her family.

In 2017, inspired by a previous effort to influence change and promote awareness about women’s rights and sexual abuse, Alyssa took to Twitter with this powerful message: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The response was instant and all-encompassing. What it ignited was the MeToo Movement as we know it. Though it had previously been organized in Alabama by activist Tarana Burke, Americans were unaware and so it wasn’t important to them at the time. Alyssa changed that and received worldwide support from other women who had been sexually assaulted or harassed.

It was a defining moment that pushed Alyssa further in political and social activism. Since she has also championed for immigration rights (visiting the immigrants and children savagely locked away at the Texas-Mexico border). She was front and center at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings for Supreme Court Justice, visited Parkland to fight against current gun laws that seem to perpetuate ongoing school shootings and mass killings in America, and she proposed a “sex strike” to fight restrictive abortion laws. Time Magazine named her as one of “The Silence Breakers,” She is truly a voice influencing positive change in the world.

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