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“I’m not a feminist, but…”

Beyoncé's fierceness practically blew the lights out at the Super Bowl this year. Madonna's decades-long career choices have landed her on the Catholic Church's and the Kremlin's enemies list. Sandra Day O'Connor was responsible for crucial votes in Supreme Court rulings on abortion and affirmative action. These are women who are virtual forces of nature, whether or not you agree with them on every issue.

So why does the word "feminist" scare them so? Don't they know that, per Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams: "If you believe in the strength of women ... you’re soaking in feminism"?

A list of other high-profile, force-of-nature women who may "run the world," but won't cop to the F-bomb.

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