Emma Watson: actress, model, UN Ambassador, our hero.
Emma Watson has been fiercely advocating for gender equality for years now. In 2014, she was appointed the United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador, going so far as taking a year off from acting to devote all her time to the role. Later that year she launched the #HeForShe campaign, which called called for both women and men to get unite in order to eradicate gender inequality. Just last week, Emma spoke at the UN, this time highlighting the lack of leadership roles for women within Universities.
Emma’s latest contribution to the cause is a stirring 2-minute film posted to her twitter account entitled “Hurdles.” The film combines Watson’s narration, with footage of the Women’s Hurdles race from the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and accompanied by Sia’s rousing song, Chandelier. Watson lists some of the major accomplishments of the equality movement over the last century, such as the fact that New Zealand was the first country in which women achieved the right to vote – in 1893. Shockingly, it was another 27 years until women in The United States were given the same right – in 1920.
The film also addresses obstacles that women still have to face, including the staggering figure that 62 million young women are out of school across the globe.
Watch the full film here:
There may be a long way to go, but as Emma says, “we will cross the finish line.”
Keep fighting the good fight, Emma!