Emma Watson’s speech on Gender Equality

on September 23, 2014

Emma Watson – Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for the UN delivered an exceptional speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the ‘HeForShe‘ campaign.

Her speech was not only orientated around feminism, it also reflected on the gender stereotypes for men. Briefly, this is what she had to say.

“I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive. Why is the word such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body.”

“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are. And that when they are free things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive, Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.”

Emma Watson’s full inspirational speech on gender equality can be watched below.

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