11 Hilarious Quotes From Female Comedians That Nail Feminism On The Head

"Oh, period? Oh, how disgusting!"

It's the 21st century, and funny women are seizing their God-given right to be louder, bolder and more audacious than ever. With the even-bigger platform that female comedians have today, many of them are speaking up against an issue that has perpetuated the belief that "women aren't funny" for generations. 

With biting wit, these are some women tackling sexism and gender in the funniest, realest way. 


1. Amy Schumer


Schumer's no-holds-barred humor often deals with sex and the valuations of women. She's one of comedy's best right now and her highly lauded show, Inside Amy Schumercontinues to kill every week.

2. Mindy Kaling

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Kaling is frequently asked about her confidence and her "otherness" in an industry dominated by white men. She address that frequently, but also reminds women to focus on their art and not be distracted by that conversation because it can leave them lagging behind in their work.

3. Chelsea Handler


Handler's devil-may-care attitude means she doesn't mince her words and doesn't care what anyone else thinks of her. She also frequently challenges Instagram's "nudity policy" with her photos, making a great point on what the social media app considers obscene. Hint: it mostly has to do with women's bodies.

4. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

Both these established, respected comedians are feminist forces in their own right, but together, these best friends are unstoppable — like this moment when they hilariously called out the disparity between George Clooney winning prestigious award and his wife's stunning achievements.

5. Jessica Williams


Williams' segment on catcalling on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart nailed it. 

6. Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer

The women of Broad City absolutely identify as feminists and said they don't know why some people shy away from the term. 

7. Melissa McCarthy

On The Ellen Degeneres Show, McCarthy told of how she confronted a film critic who criticized her appearance in Tammy and said that she was only a good actor when she's attractive. "Would you do that to a man?" she asked him.

But she was careful to note that he seemed like a good father to his daughter and said that it was a habit that society has gotten into to tear down women based on their appearance. 

8. Sarah Silverman

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Silverman's video championing women's reproductive rights is both entertaining and educational, and is a great primer for understanding lawmakers legislating women's bodies.

9. Kristen Schaal

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Schaal is highly critical of how differently men and women are viewed in society. Her bit on the "dad bod" fad, for example, expertly tackled the vastly different standards to which men and women are held, respectively.

10. Tig Notaro

Notaro's "Ask a Grown Woman" video on Rookie magazine's website saw her giving some solid advice to young women who wrote in. The comedian first caught out attention with her brilliant set about her battle with cancer.

11. Cameron Esposito

Esposito is the woman behind "The Greatest Period Joke of All Time." It's vulgar, it's dramatic and it's downright genius. Someone give this woman an award.

Cover image via pc Walter Thompson/Comedy Central


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