Emma Watson Calling Out All Men


Gabrielle Harris, Editor-in-Chief

Emma Watson, mainly known for her role in the Harry Potter series as the intellectual Hermione Granger, was announced as the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year. On September 20th, she delivered a speech on gender inequality at the United Nations headquarters in New York to a room filled with delegates and representatives. Throughout her speech she proposed a stop to the slander women that call themselves feminists receive. Watson clarified in her speech the dictionary definition of the word “feminist” and how it does not relate to man-hating. Watson’s main purpose for the speech was to talk about HeForShe.

The goal for HeForShe is to involve men in the eradication violence and discrimination of women and girls. HeForShe stands as a solitary movement for gender equality that’s meant to bring together the sides of humanity in a joint effort to change the world. “Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender inequality is your issue too,” Watson stated in her speech. Watson’s approach in her speech to men was a big change from the usual feminist speech, that feminism is not man-hating. As of September 22, about 16,000 United States men have taken the pledge for HeForShe. That number signed in just two days after the speech and is expected to grow greatly day by day. The amount of men globally that have taken the commitment through the HeForShe website is around a total of 45,000 –as of September 22nd. The number may not seem huge now, but the speech is still traveling around the social media globe and is being shared and passed along.

Multiple celebrities took the pledge and shared it on social media sites to allow their followers to become aware of the organization. Watson mentioned Hilary Clinton in her speech and talked about her own struggles with growing up as a girl in society and seeing the way things have not yet changed. She stated the impacts of what will occur if nothing changes in the world with feminism.

“Because the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls will be able to receive a secondary education.” Watson said to close her speech.

The speech, to say the least, gained Watson a standing ovation in the UN National Headquarters. The Internet blew up as a result of her speech and men immediately began sharing their commitments with HeForShe.

The video of Emma Watson’s speech can be found on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Dg226G2Z8 and the website for HeForShe is: https://www.heforshe.org.