Earlier this year Emma Watson was chosen to join the U.N. as the Women Goodwill Ambassador, and last night she demonstrated exactly why she was the perfect candidate for the job. At an event hosted at the U.N. headquarters, Watson was in attendance supporting “HeForShe,” a new gender equality campaign that hopes to “mobilize men against gender inequalities.”
Celebrities and journalist sat side-by-side for the event, which was hosted by Wolf Blitzer. In her speech Watson spoke from her own personal history, inspiring those in an attendance to leave her with unanimous applause and cheers.
“You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.”
As many other celebrities and spokesman have done in the past, Watson spoke about feminism, more importantly, what that word should mean, and how it has been misused by many and connecting the word with the idea of “man-hating.”
When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists.
The speech is one not to be missed, and hopefully only the beginning of Watson’s great work.