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Today's celebrities are much celebrated for their accomplishments offscreen: Emma Watson's UN Women ambassadorship, Angelina Jolie's humanitarian efforts, and Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield's creative ways to promote charities are great examples of how fame can be used for a good cause.
However, the stars of yesteryear deserve some love, too. Before TMZ and Twitter broadcasted their every move, these actresses of Old Hollywood made important strides that shaped the world we live in today. We went beyond the usual names that come to mind (hello, Audrey and Marilyn) to put together a list of classic leading ladies who deserve to be celebrated for what they accomplished. Click on, and get ready to be empowered and inspired.