Emma Watson has kicked butt once again. And we commend her for it.
As part of her September Vogue cover, the He For She campaigner has created a video to highlight gender equality, particularly within the fashion industry. The three minute film sees Emma quizzing some of the biggest names in the industry, asking for their stance on the issue of gender equality, and how they believe the fashion industry – and the world in turn – can work to eliminate sexism.
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Speaking with Stella McCartney, Jonathan Saunders, Bella Freud and Erdem Moralioglu, Emma opens up the topics of the pay-gap between men and women and equal maternity and paternity leave.
The video kicked off by asking Jonathan if he’s a feminist, and he responded simply: “100% feminist.”
Stella McCartney, who is known for campaigning on important humanitarian issues, tells Emma: “I think the fashion industry has a very big role to play, it has a huge voice, and the voice can be adapted…”
Mirroring Emma’s message surrounding men and women helping one another to achieve true equality, Bella pointed out that changes should be made on “maternity leave for men as well as women.”
Bella also points out: “The real thing about equality between men and women is about fair pay.”
At the end of the Q&A, Emma summarises: “I have big hopes for gender equality in the fashion industry,” she says. “I think it’s really improving. I’ve seen some very positive steps towards equality in the industry. I think there’s a lot of racism, I think there’s a lot of sexism. I’d really really love to see a more diverse representation of women and men in any way that makes them feel empowered.”
Vogue has described the actress as the ‘voice of a generation’, and we have to agree, we couldn’t really ask for a better representative.
You can watch the full video here.
You go, girl. And boys.
By Laura Jane Turner