Welcome to my second new feature for 2017! This one won't be for everyone, but I felt strongly that I should do this. I am highlighting 12 women and discussing the amazing things they do. They are celebrities, but they are empowering!
Feminism - advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
Unlike popular belief, feminist do not hate men. In fact, we love them! We just want women to have same rights as men. We want to be (treated) equal and have equal opportunities in all things.
Men, if you want your wives, daughters, and granddaughters to have the same rights as men, then you are indeed a feminist.
Emma Watson is shining light on this issue in the hopes of real change. I am doing my part by discussing one empowering woman a month.
|Image from Wikimedia Source David Shankbone|
Emma came onto the scene as the legendary Hermione Granger in all of the Harry Potter movies. It’s pretty fitting that she had this role because Hermione was a feminist. She didn’t care what people thought of her or her smarts. She defended the weak and stood up for what was right. Hermione tried to calm Professor Lupin when he turned into a werewolf, she yelled for Professor Moody to stop when Neville was affected by the curse hurting the spider, and she even punched Draco Malfoy!
“Young girls are told you have to be delicate princesses. Hermione taught them that you can be the warrior.” - Emma
Later, Emma played Sam in the Parks of Being a Wallflower and Ila in Noah. In Noah, she sings to her newborn twin girls because she doesn't want them to die crying. It was a moving scene. Her portrayal was flawless. I always thought she deserved an award for it.
But those are characters. In real life, Emma fights for women and the Earth. She was the face for People Tree (eco-friendly clothing) and wears eco-friendly clothing all the time.
Emma is also a U.N. Ambassador, using her celebrity status to spread the word about HeforShe. In 2014, she spoke to the United Nations and gave a stunning speech about the impact this has had on girls and the importance of equal rights for all.
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do or achieve. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Just encourage and include each other. Don’t ostracize the gender in front of you.”
Last year, she even started a group on Goodreads called “Our Shared Shelf.” Do you see the equality in that title? OUR. Isn’t it beautiful? This group reads one book a month under the feminism theme and discusses them. Some of the books were My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran.
I encourage everyone to watch the video above, listen to Emma’s words, and check out those books to see if you might be interested in reading them. The important thing is to keep an open mind.
QUESTION: Have you seen Noah or read any of the books I mentioned?