What do Sandra Day O’Connor, Toni Morrison and Miss Piggy have in common? They are all feminist icons who have been honored with a Sackler Center First Award by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Miss Piggy, who will receive her award this week, explained to Time why she truly deserves the title of “feminist.”
“Isn’t it wonderful? Isn’t it about time?” Piggy said. The famous pink Muppet explained that the award is “presented to women who have broken barriers and charted changes in all disciplines and areas.”
Piggy said she knows, “some Internet opinion-givers may question whether moi deserves such an honor,” as some would say she is “a mere Hollywood celebrity who cares more about her appearance, her star billing, and her percentage of the gross than about women and women’s rights.” But to that Piggy responds, “Oh yeah!?!” Because she has always been a passionate feminist and leader for women’s rights.
When defining a feminist Piggy stated that she believes “any woman who refuses to accept society’s pre-conceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist.” “I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive—and if necessary learn karate—to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.”
And as Piggy says, “Moi is all of these things.”
Head over to Time to read more about Miss Piggy’s feminist beliefs, deconstructing the popular image of a feminist, and how Piggy didn’t let her past (being raised on a farm) hold her back from achieving her goals.