On Women’s Day, nothing cheers our hearts than young female role models becoming popular for women everywhere, especially those from Cinema, something that unites people globally!
One of the most outspoken actresses and true feminist beacon of women’s rights everywhere is Emma Watson. Chic, cheeky, and wise beyond her years, the Beauty And The Beast actress ever since her Harry Potter days, and in her new role as the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and Feminist role in Beauty and the Beast, she's proven herself to be a feminist icon to a younger generation.
Critics recently slated the Beauty and the Beast actress for posing without a bra on under a jacket for a magazine shoot, saying it undermines her feminist values, but she hit back in a powerful video saying, "Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing." She truly is a heroine both onscreen and off.
Before you watch Beauty And The Beast on March 17, 2017 and see Belle unlike ever seen before, here are some of our favourite feminist quotes from Emma Watson:
# I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.
# I was appointed six months ago, and the more I have spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women's rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
# For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
# It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals.
# I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It's bullsh*t. I identify much more with being a warrior — a fighter. If I was going to be a princess, I'd be a warrior princess. Definitely.
# The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.
# If I had it my way, I would have just kept it short forever. Of course, men like long hair. There's no two ways about it. The majority of the boys around me were like, 'Why did you do that? That's such an error.' And I was like, 'Well, honestly, I don't really care what you think!' I've never felt so confident as I did with short hair — I felt really good in my own skin.
# I'm a feminist, but I think that romance has been taken away a bit for my generation. I think what people connect with in novels is this idea of an overpowering, encompassing love — and it being more important and special than anything and everything else. I would love to not date someone in the same industry as me. Otherwise it becomes what it means to everyone else.
# I try and intellectualize a lot, which [Hermione] does as well obviously. She's very determined, I am as well. I like to think that I am very loyal in the same way that she is. Bit of a feminist in the same way that she is. I will speak my mind in the same way that she does.
# When, at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn't want to appear 'muscly.' When, at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided that I was a feminist."If you want to run for Prime Minister, you can. If you don’t, that’s wonderful, too. Shave your armpits, don’t shave them, wear flats one day, heels the next. These things are so irrelevant and surface to what it is all really about, and I wish people wouldn’t get caught up in that. We want to empower women to do exactly what they want, to be true to themselves, to have the opportunities to develop.
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