Emma Watson Speech

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I have been influenced by many people in my life. As a young girl, growing up I often looked to female figures in the media for inspiration on things like fashion and lifestyle. One women that has really inspired me is Emma Watson. She is not only talented and focused but she has made her success through being the queen of multitasking. She is a Brown University graduate, an actress, political figure and an ambassador for the “Heforshe” campaign which is a platform to draw global attention to gender equality.
Watson’s unrelenting pursuit for gender equality in the past few years has gained her plenty of responsiveness, good and bad. In her famous speech at the UN something in New York she talks to the audience about how unfortunate it is that so many people relate the word feminist to a woman who is bossy, outspoken, or whinny about not being paid the same as men. When in reality there are legitimate concerns of equality for women in this country and abroad. She goes on to say that gender equality goes much deeper. The definition of feminism is “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.” Women’s rights does not equal man hating,
She teaches that gender is on a spectrum rather than two separate ideals. This means that men and women will one day not have to fit into a box of ideals that are stereotypical to their gender. Men can be sensitive and women can be strong.
Watson’s speeches have impacted me greatly since I watched them. I learned that if there is something that I want to change, then I have to be the one to take action to change it. . She asks the audience if they hear any truth to these 7 “I am willing” statements. These are, I am willing to be seen, I am willing to speak up, I am willing to keep going, I am willing to listen to what others have to say, I am willing to go forward even when I feel alone, I am willing to go to bed at peace with myself, I am willing to be my biggest, bestest, most powerful self. And her honest closing is as relatable as anyone could be when making those statements about their own lives, and it’s that they scare the shit out of her.

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