United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson led a conversation on gender equality today on Facebook as part of the #HeForShe campaign, which was launched in September last year. Here, we round up some of the Beauty and the Beast actress’ best quotes!
“I guess I really wanted to communicate
that gender equality, historically, has been
predominantly a woman’s movement for
women, but I think the impact of gender
inequality and how it’s actually been
affecting men hasn’t really been addressed.”
“I know that I’m not alone in this fight, that it’s an education problem, and in the not too distant future, I really hope that most people will be horrified by a comment like that as opposed to sort of mildly irked.”
“After I gave my speech in September—I wasn’t gonna talk about this, but it’s coming up—there was a website that was set up, threatening to release naked photographs of me with a countdown and whatever else, and I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn’t exist, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender inequality was an issue, but they didn’t really think it was that urgent.”
“We live in Great Britain, this is a thing of the past,
oppression of women—we’re fine, aren’t we?
We’re good. We’ve got far enough and when
they saw that the minute I stepped up
and talked about women’s rights,
I was immediately threatened.”
“Within less than 12 hours, I was receiving threats, and I think they were really shocked, and particularly one of my brothers was very upset. So I think it was just a wake-up call of like, ‘Oh this is like a real thing that’s really happening now, like now!’ Women are receiving threats in all sorts of different forms. That was just one specific one.”
“It’s funny because people are like, Oh, she’s gonna be disheartened by this. If anything, it made me so much more determined. I was just raging. It made me so angry that I was just like, ‘This is why I have to be doing this. This is why I have to be doing this.’ So if anything, it actually, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.”
“It’s not about men saving women. I think it’s a misunderstanding. Women are already in the club. We’re already in the club because it’s our movement. It’s our movement. It’s not a men’s club. It’s an equality club for both genders. It’s an equality club for both genders. It’s about men coming in support for women and women coming in support for men.”
“I’m really genuinely disturbed by
this idea that men can’t cry and that they can’t,
they just can’t just express themselves!
They can’t talk about how they actually feel!”
“It’s crazy! It’s what makes you human—how you feel, being able to express yourself, being passionate, being emotional. It’s what makes you human. It’s not what makes you a girl. It’s what makes you human!”
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