Emma Watson is one inspriational lady, no?
The HeForShe campaigner is always speaking out about issues that matter for women the world over. And her latest press conference appearance was no different.
The UN Women initiative HeForShe, for which Emma is an ambassador, launched HeForShe Arts Week in celebration of International Women’s Day this week.
This will be a week-long celebration of gender equality, hosted at a number of venues all over New York City.
Whilst announcing its launch, Emma took the opportunity to share some of her wisdom surrounding the importance of feminism.
Emma said, ‘We have to do more than help people see the logic [in gender equality] with their minds. It’s also about making them feel it in their bones. Viscerally, emotionally. This is what changes us, this is what makes us act.’
Pretty emotional stuff, huh?
Then Emma got very candid about an incident that she claims happened to her at time of her 18th birthday.
As quoted by the Huffington Post, she recalled, ‘I came out of my 18th birthday party and photographers laid down on the pavement and took photographs up my skirt, which were then published on the front of the English tabloids the next morning.’
‘If they had published the photographs 24 hours earlier they would have been illegal, but because I had just turned 18 they were legal.’
Emma pointed out, ‘I think that’s just one example of how my transition to womanhood was dealt very differently by the tabloid press than it was for my male colleagues.’
In her recent interview for Esquire’s Women and Men issue, where she graces the cover alongside Tom Hanks, Emma spoke out about other acts of discrimination she has experienced, ‘ I’ve had my a*** slapped as I’ve left a room. I’ve felt scared walking home…’
‘I don’t talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse… this is unfortunately how it is.’