Emma Watson gives awesome speech on gender equality11:30AM, Sep 22, 2014
She was only given the title six months ago, but Emma Watson is already smashing it as the United Nations Women Goodwill ambassador.
Yesterday, Emma launched the HeForShe campaign, which aims to fight for gender equality around the globe. Proving once again why she’s our ultimate brain crush, Emma gave a speech perfectly describing why the world needs feminism. And it's the best thing we've heard in ages.
"I have realised that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating," Emma said. "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.'"
As well as clearing the dirty air that often surrounds the definition of feminism, Emma also pointed out why it’s important that men fight for equal rights, too.
"I've seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less 'macho' — in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49; eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease," Emma explained.
"I want men to take up this mantle," she continued, "so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves."
During her speech Emma also details the moment she first identified with feminism citing an experience she had as an eight-year-old being called “bossy” when the boys were not. She then goes on to detail some of the sexist experiences she’s had from that point to the moment she officially calls herself a feminist.
Pretty powerful stuff, right?
Emma’s Noah co-star Douglas Booth was one of the first celebs to show his support for the cause, posting the below snap on his Facebook and Instagram accounts with the caption: “I am a passionate supporter of gender equality.”
Here’s hoping we see a lot more of these kinds of posts in our social feeds going forward. With Emma as spokesperson, we can’t wait to see what changes emerge.
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