Tonight, late night comedy legend Jon Stewart will host his last episode of The Daily Show. During his 16-year stint behind the anchor desk, Stewart has not only become a source of regular hilarity (and trusted news) for millions of viewers, he has also emerged as a ring leader in the fight for gender equality, working his unique brand of humor to advocate for women on both social and political grounds.
His crew has taken on everything from cat calling and unnecessarily sexy Halloween costumes to the Hobby Lobby controversy and equal pay. And who could forget when Malala Yousafzai nearly left Stewart speechless during her 2013 appearance on the show? “I know your father is backstage and he’s very proud of you, but would he be mad if I adopted you?” Stewart joked toward the end of the interview.
On social media, Stewart and his camp have also consistently called out gender inequalities in their token satire-drenched prose.
Stewart’s passionate and biting discussion of women’s issues goes well beyond being the face of The Daily Show. For the past two years, Stewart has attended the Women in the World Summit in New York City, engaging in discussions with Hollywood titans like director Ava DuVernay and Meryl Streep, and women from the Arab Spring. “It’s always humbling and exciting to be at this conference, and be surrounded by such passionate artists and activists.” Stewart said at this year’s summit. For laughs, we’ve compiled some of our favorite feminist moments from The Daily Show, and on a more serious note, below you can watch Stewart’s Women in the World Summit panels.
Jon Stewart talks gender inequality in the film industry with Meryl Streep, Ava DuVernay, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the 2015 Women in the World Summit:
Jon Stewart sits down with influential women who participated in the Arab Spring at the 2014 Women in the World Summit: