Broad Concepts: Emma Watson Speaks for Feminism

It’s an interesting time to be a feminist. I think that’s always been the case, to be honest, but TODAY, when feminism is finally gaining a foothold across genders, is a good time to be a feminist.

Right now, feminism has a long ways to go, which is probably the case for any worthy movement, but I am constantly uplifted by the fact that the voice of feminism is so strong now. There will certainly still be naysayers and haters, and they’re a loud bunch, to be sure, but feminism is much louder nowadays and supported by a bigger base than it ever was.  I am heartened by the diversity of its supporters and the bigger platforms upon which it is given a voice.

Last week, Emma Watson, the latest U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Women, gave a speech at the U.N. HeForShe gender equality campaign launch and it was brilliant. My favorite lines, by far, were:

“I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have 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.”


“It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

There were many quotable quotes in her speech for sure and you can watch the video here, available:

It hits on all of the points of feminism that are true today and what we hope for it in the future. I have talked about feminism and how it is perceived today in a previous post, and the fact is, my reach can in no way to compare to what Emma Watson’s voice can do for the movement. I feel fortunate that we have such strong, powerful women who can speak for feminism.

The reality is that there are still many things that feminism hopes to accomplish and combat. In some parts of the world, feminism is practically still at wave zero and women continue to be second-class citizens, abused and subject to captivity wrapped in scripture, but we can begin to put an end to these tragedies when both men and women work in solidarity for something better.