‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’
It was the moving and compelling speech delivered by Goodwill Ambassador for United Nation Women that launched and then elevated the monumental campaign that is HeForShe. Feminist, talented actress, activist, and style icon there are no words to epitomise the glory that is Emma Watson.
It is difficult to think of anybody other than Watson, who deserves as much admiration in the month of Women’s International Day for her hard work in helping to make positive changes in gender inequality and for extending a formal invitation to men, to tell them that gender inequality is their issue too.
It’s important for this generation to realise that in 2015 gender equality should already be set, no questions asked men and women should by now be earning the same amount of money in all job sectors and have the same rights as one another. Sadly, this is still not the case but with well known figures in the industry supporting Emma Watson’s HeForShe Campaign the profile has been raised for the public to see how big of an issue this is and has highlighted how significantly the issue has been ignored in the past. So for the near future we can hope that, not just in the UK but all around the world, gender inequality will be tackled and women will soon be able to live in their countries and not be treated differently because of their gender.
Emma Watson first appeared on our screens as eleven year old, wise beyond years, Hermione Granger in the movie sensation that was Harry Potter. Since then we have seen her thrive without the complications and addictions that so many young actors and actresses in Hollywood face. After the Harry Potter series she made an incredible decision to take a break from acting and earn a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the elite Brown University. She has revolutionised the way young girls idolise models and celebrities that are seen on TV and through the media; criticising the false and ‘dangerously unhealthy image’ that the fashion industry projects to its audience. Emma has spoken openly about the negative effects she experienced herself as a child actor developing in to a woman in the public eye.
Emma Watson has recently been cast as the lead in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast to play the majestic Belle who in all honesty could be the animation of Emma herself, a picturesque rose who is as clever as she is exquisite. At only twenty four years old, there is so much that can be expected from this multi-talented wonder. Brown hair, stylish, confident, intelligent and compassionate- THIS is what a feminist looks like.