You may know the stunning and amazingly talented Emma Watson from THE HARRY POTTER Franchise, PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, or the countless ad campaigns that she is a part of. What you may not know about this 24-year-old is that off-screen she is proving to be even more powerful.
In an article posted on September 21 by Vanity Fair Magazine by Joanna Robinson, the writer chronicled what I would like to think is the most important role that Watson has taken on yet. After just finishing graduating college Watson was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. This week, after only a six short months in this new role she delivered a speech at the U.N. headquarters in New York on feminism and gender that was not only passionate but compelling.
Sharing stories of being called “Bossy” at 8 for wanting to direct the school plays, being sexualized by the media at just 14 and her decision to be a feminist that was as she put it “uncomplicated” even at a very young age. Watson addresses the way we perceive the word feminist and how it is seen as being “Too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive” and goes so far as to ask “Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one”.
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Waston carefully pushes back on recent feminist campaigns and offers a way to eradicate the “Us Vs Them”mentality by involving both genders in the U.N.’s HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement for gender equality asking not only women but men to stand up in addressing inequalities. In a speech that moved me to tears Emma Watson demands not only change but action, even joking about “what this HARRY POTTER girl” is doing standing before the U.N.
As the word feminist gains more and more negative tones Emma Watson is using her voice and platform to erase the “unpopular” definitions and start creating a new one. As a women who agrees with every fiber of my being that in the year 2014 we should be pushing past inequalities whether because of gender or anything, else I urge you to not only watch but to truly listen and share. It is hard to believe that we still have to have these conversations, as far as we all have come, we still have a long way to go. So in the powerful words of Miss Emma Watson ask yourself “If not me, who? If not now, when?”.
Video shared from the HeForShee Campaigns YouTube channel