Women’s History Month Spotlight: Emma Watson

Emma Watson, 25, is a child star turned accredited actress turned feminist and philanthropist. She is well known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, but has also starred in other major Hollywood films such as “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.

Watson has proven to be anything but your stereotypical actress, when she took a break from acting to earn a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brown University. She has also taken feminism into her own matters by becoming the UN Women Goodwill ambassador at the the striking age of 24. Watson delivered her famous “He for She” speech where she honestly and boldly spoke out against discrimination within both genders:

“For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities…Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. 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."

Watson has also converted her love for fashion into a charity opportunity by launching "Love From Emma" for People Tree, a fashion line that supports fair trade with environmentally friendly fabrics and clothing while also improving the lives and living conditions of the artisans making the products.

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