I just had a somewhat feisty debate on this with one of my undergrads. Is someone who described feminism as "poison" really worthy of being a feminist icon? Why do so many feminists cite her as an inspiration?

May I suggest an alternative?

Not only is she pretty vocal about being pro-feminism, but as you can see, her side-eye capabilities are enviable. She also legalised contraceptives and decriminalised homosexuality in Ireland. You could say she's kinda a badass.