On Sunday March 8, the world celebrated International Women’s Day, which called attention to the progress women and their allies have made towards gender equality while illuminating how much work is still left to be done.
Emma Watson, an actor and the current United Nations Goodwill Ambassador held a Q&A session to celebrate #IWD2015 and discuss her work with HeForShe, a campaign aimed at creating a space for men to support and align themselves with the feminist movement and and to promote gender equality. Watson discussed her personal passion for the campaign and stressed the importance of rescuing the word feminism from its hallowed halls of negativity and false understanding.
Because you all know the definition of feminism, right? That it’s not about overthrowing men (but definitely the patriarchy), or burning bras, or anything else trolls on the Internet use to ignite an anti-feminism movement. It really is just about equality. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says that feminism is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” That’s pretty chill, don’t you think? I don’t see any evil or negativity in believing in feminism, and neither does Emma Watson, which is why she’s trying to ignite the fire in men and boys to stand up for the equality everyone deserves.
“HeForShe is about men coming in to support women and femininity and feminine qualities, because [feminine qualities] are currently valued less by our society…And I think femininity needs to be embraced wherever its found, whether it be found in a man, whether it be found in a woman, whether it be found in a gender non-conforming person, wherever it’s found we need to be embracing it.”
To watch the entire conversation head over to Emma Watson’s Facebook page. And remember: “Just don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, or can or cannot achieve. Just don’t allow it, do not allow it. It’s wrong, it’s so wrong.”