Emma Watson delivered an inspiring speech about feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York yesterday, saying there is a need for more feminists in society and called on men to advocate gender equality.
In her speech, Watson described her decision to become a feminist as "uncomplicated," but that she was shocked to find that society associated it with being "too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive."
"The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man hating," Watson said. "If there is one thing I know for certain is that this has to stop."
Watson, a U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, was in New York to launch "HeForShe," a campaign for men and boys worldwide to advocate an end to gender inequality. She spoke frequently about the role men have in helping women and girls achieve equal rights, and said that liberating men from stereotypes ultimately benefits women.
Near the end of her speech, Watson made a lighthearted reference to her Harry Potter fame by asking, "Why this Harry Potter girl? What is she doing at the U.N.?" — but she was quick to address the seriousness of her advocacy, saying, "All I know is that I care about this problem and I want to make this better. And having seen what I've seen and given the chance, I feel my responsibility to say something."