Lady Gaga knows: Tattoos have a way of getting people talking. And as much as we like using our voices, certain designs that are especially bold or emblematic are a great way to make a statement without words — and serve as the perfect ice breaker for conversations about the struggles, inequalities, and outdated social expectations women face every day.
Perhaps that’s why we’ve seen an uptick recently in women declaring their devotion to the cause in a more permanent way. For every person on Instagram wearing a “Strong Female Lead” tee, there’s another proudly sharing their feminist body art with the world — and we don’t see the movement (nope, not a moment) slowing down any time soon.
Interested in wearing your own badge of solidarity? Ahead, 17 badass tattoos made for women (and our allies).
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