Those of you who have been reading the site for a while know that we are all about inspiring our readers to find their inner confidence and feel empowered. Women We Love is back and I’m excited to talk about and share our latest pick!
You may know her best by her role as Hermione Granger on J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. Hermione is all grown up and now inspiring women from all across the globe. Emma Watson is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, recent graduate of Brown University, humanitarian and so much more. Her work encourages an awakening to the importance of feminism and the fight towards equality.
She Stands For Gender Equality
Emma Watson is a strong advocate for the HeForShe Campaign, a UN Women campaign dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Emma not only speaks out about her role as a feminist, but she has made sure to draw attention to the misconception that women’s rights goes hand in hand with man-hating.
“I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women six months ago. And, the more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
Emma’s work is undoubtedly shifting our society’s ingrained beliefs about gender equality and the common stereotypes we encounter on a daily basis. Feminism isn’t about hating or bashing men. Feminism is about fighting for their rights as equally as we fight for our own.
“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
She’s Not Afraid of Being Smart
Emma Watson is also part of an organization I truly admire, The Book Fairies. Emma leaves books hidden in street nooks and corners for passersby to find and read. They then leave that same book for the next lucky wanderer. She is also the creator of the feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf which is open for all to join.
Emma shows that knowledge is powerful. She portrays characters who challenge stereotypical female roles in film and take pride in their knowledge. Belle from Beauty and The Beast and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter show these very traits.
Her Flaws are No Secret
Women shouldn’t be afraid to be smart. Women shouldn’t feel pressured to be perfect. I used to be afraid of looking less than perfect. A whiter smile, longer hair, and a thinner waist defined my beauty. I am nowhere near perfect and I am still learning to embrace the flaws that make me who I am.
“I don’t have perfect teeth. I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.” Since watching Emma fearlessly accept her flaws and embrace her power, I’m inspired to do the same, and truly hope you are too.
Who would you like to see as our next Women We Love Inspirer? I’d love to get to know your role models!