Emma Watson has brought new strength to Feminism. Her passion and dedication to the fight for Feminists is something truly noteworthy. That is why she is our Friday Featured Feminist.
by Marco Bond
When one thinks of actresses, we don’t usually think of them as an icon for Feminism, but Emma Watson has been a driving force for Feminism in the last years, and for that, we are so incredibly grateful. Emma’s first big step toward becoming the Feminist she is today was becoming UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July of 2014. After this, her Feminist career kicked off.
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With her help, Feminism started to gain national recognition for something that is good for not just women, but every person. Emma launched the HeForShe campaign in September of that year, inspiring women across the world, including Malala Yousafzai, to take part in the Feminist movement and proclaim themselves as Feminists. Even after receiving threats for her speaking for women, she still persisted.
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In January of 2016, she started an online Feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. It is on Goodreads and has been used to further the discussion on Feminist literature. There are currently 189,359 members and the book for the month of March and April was Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The May and June book is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood; a book just recently released as a tv show on Hulu.
As an actress, Emma Watson has inspired us, giving women’s roles a whole new meaning. As children, she inspired us as Hermione Granger, showing us that it is always okay to show how smart you are and to be yourself. Her portrayal of a smart, kind, and strong woman was inspiring as adults, as well.
The fact that Emma Watson also went to Brown while working on films is also worth noting. Working on four major films while attending Brown as a full-time student sounds impossibly difficult. In 2016, she stated she was taking a break from acting to focus on herself, and her women’s rights work. As a Feminist, she inspires those around her to try, to the best of their ability, to help create a world where men and women are treated equally.
In 2016, she stated she was taking a break from acting to focus on herself, and her women’s rights work. As a Feminist, she inspires those around her to work toward the betterment for woman-kind. She also has been vocal about encouraging men to become, and be proud of being, a Feminist.
I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”