Emma Watson continued to prove why she deserved to be named the United Nations’ Women Goodwill Ambassador this weekend, by offering up a passionate call to arms on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. It was part of the launch of the “HeForShe” campaign, which aims to bring one billion men and boys together as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face around the world.
“I decided that I was a feminist,” Watson said during the speech. “This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive. Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”
Watch the whole thing below. Hermione, you’ve come so far: