Celebrating Feminism: Promoting equality for both genders


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Emma Watson, 24, receives lots of media attention after her HeforShe speech in September. However, just 12 hours after her speech, Watson received online threats. That reaction increased her awareness of how immediate and important gender is.

Melinda Looney Ho, Staff Writer

March has more to offer than just March Madness; it is also International Women’s Month. Women all over the world commemorated National Women’s Day on March 8.

The month is devoted to honor the past accomplishments and struggles of women. More importantly, it aims to develop the potential of the future female generations.

Emma Watson, a well-known actress from the “Harry Potter” movie series, is the United Nations’ goodwill ambassador for the HeforShe campaign for gender equality. The HeforShe campaign aims to get men involved with feminism.

The “actual definition of feminism is equality politically, culturally, socially, and economically,” said Watson.

Famous celebrities such as actors Steve Carell, Matt Damon, and even President Obama are supporters of the HeforShe campaign. The campaign hosts a website devoted to spreading the cause of gender equality and rallies to enlist support from both genders.

In September, Watson delivered a powerful speech on equality and feminism, in which she outlined her support for the cause. She also noted that the issue of feminism also has benefits for men.

“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and be human too —“

“Reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves,” said Watson.

“Men think it’s a women’s word, but what it means is that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist,” said Watson.