Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, has made it as one of the “100 Most Influential People” by Time Magazine. This honor was granted to Watson for her HeForShe campaign, for feminist activism Watson’s campaign is unique because it holds men responsible for gender equality as well as women. According to the actress, feminism is defined as “the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” This is a motto which she lives by. Watson is not just an activist, an award winning actress, but she is also a humanitarian for women and young girls around the world.
Watson is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, but she speaks out often about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. She spoke at Davos, which was very well accepted on the Internet. However, not to anyone’s surprise, the usual anti-feminist rhetoric came with the good, and some individuals even made threats. She brushed it off and instead chose to focus on the uplifting letters she had received. Letters that were written by fathers who want to invest hope in their daughter’s futures. However, she directly addressed the threat from her opposition. One site threatened to release nude photos of Watson on the internet. Her response? “If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.” Watson kept her cool as well as her smile.
Watson was nine-years-old when she auditioned eight times for the part of Hermione Granger, in Harry Potter. Throughout the eight movies in the franchise, Watson has been nominated for three Academy Awards and seven British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. When Watson was 15, she was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine; she was the youngest celebrity to do so.
After she left Hogwarts as an international star, she went to Brown University where she earned a degree in English Literature. She is not only an accomplished actress, Watson is also a humanitarian and a model. Wednesday, Watson turned 25 and according to Forbes, she has a net worth of $60 million. She has put her money and her talents to her own heartfelt use. She believes in education for girls in third world countries, equal rights as a human right and she is an actress extraordinaire.
Watson earned a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor and a Best Supporting actor Award at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for her role in the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Watson also has a widespread social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Watson is heavily involved in promoting girls’ education. She has been to Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts. She promotes fair trade, organic clothing and was an ambassador for Camfed International, which is a crusade to educate girls in rural Africa. The United Nations named her Woman Goodwill Ambassador.
Watson gave a speech before the U.N. in support of her HeForShe Campaign that went viral and has maintained that she is a critical advocate for gender equality. She spoke about how the HeForShe campaign has impacted her. Men from every country in the world have joined this campaign. The HeForShe campaign has launched its 10x10x10 campaign for larger groups such as universities, businesses and even governments. It is time to make a total commitment to achieve gender equality. She has also given a petition signed by 4,000 people to the parliament of Uruguay requesting that women be allowed greater political participation.
Emma Watson is a humanitarian, actress, activist, model and, according to MTV, a Trailblazer. She received the MTV’s Trailblazer Award in 2013. In her acceptance speech, she said, “If you truly put your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.”
By Jeanette Smith