100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Maria Bello

Maria Bello joined last year´s class of newly out celebrities with a thought-provoking essay for The New York Times in November. In the Modern Love article ″Coming Out as a Modern Family,″ the 47-year-old actress, famous for her roles in Prisoners, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2 and ER, happily revealed she was in a relationship with media executive Clare Munn. ″She is the person I like being with the most,″ Bello wrote, ″the one with whom I am most myself.″ The essay also focuses on the difficulties Bello faced outing herself to her son and family, as well as her unease with the traditional definition of the word ″partner.″ Bello believes the title shouldn´t be reserved just for the person she´s romantically attached to, but rather expanded to include other important figures in her life: ″Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, ´love is love.´ And I love our modern family.″ Though Bello was fearful the outing would harm her career, this appears not to be the case: Look for her in Disney´s sports drama, McFarland, due out later this year. -GH

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