- Created on 23 September 2014
Emma Watson has made a speech in her new (non-acting) role as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women. She's been a feminist since the tender age of 8 after being told she was 'too bossy' for wanting to direct a play: If boys were allowed to direct without question, then why wasn't she?
"Apparently" the star said in her speech "I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive." It seemed natural to her to be a feminist, but today it's not a popular word.
In launching the “HeForShe” campaign in New York last week, she called for men to speak up for oppressed women everywhere. To take up the mantle "so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice" and also that men can be more true to themselves, being freer of gender stereotypes.
In knowing that some people would be asking "who is this Harry Potter girl" Watson admitted she didn't know if she was qualitied for the job, simply that she cared about the problem and wanted to make it better and that the time was now. That the World could not wait any longer.
“If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are—we can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”
Read her full speech entitled Gender Equality is Your Issue Too here: www.unwomen.org