Emma Watson, the breakout star of feminism and also movies like Beauty and the Beast, has a birthday today. I haven't had a chance to get any shopping done, but I do feel like I need to get her something. Because I love her to pieces. So I decided to celebrate badass feminist Emma Watson on her birthday with examples of the many times she owned being a 21st century, evolved woman. The future is female, indeed.
It seems almost impossible to believe, but Hermione (er, Emma Watson) turned 27 years old on Saturday. Watson has been delighting us on the big screen since she was just a little girl with bushy hair, a witches' cloak, and a clever wit as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. While Watson has honed her acting chops and developed into a really fine actress, it's her bold, forthright stance on feminism that is true cause for celebration in my humble opinion. Time and time again, the young star from Britain has stepped up to the plate in defense of modern feminism, which she once famously said as the UN Goodwill Ambassador in a 2014 interview with Elle UK:
And now, some other times Watson exemplified the definition of modern feminism.
Her United Nations Speech
Watson gave a rousing, passionate, and frankly pitch-perfect speech at the United Nation in Sept. 2014 to promote HeforShe, a global mission to encourage gender equality. In her speech, Watson said:
Advocating Feminism For Men
In an interview with Esquire U.K., Watson gave a convincing argument about the importance of feminism for men as well as women.
Watson & Maya Angelou
In an effort to get more people to read about female empowerment, Watson hid copies of Maya Angelou's Mom & Me & Mom around the London Underground and the New York subway system earlier this year. She posted the "treasure hunt" to her social media accounts... and probably created a few more feminists in the meantime.
At the 2016 global youth forum One Young World, Watson announced she would be offering substantial scholarships to nine women who worked towards social justice. Because Watson clearly understands that speaking out makes a difference, but acting out changes the world.
The Topless Controversy
Watson posed for the cover of Vanity Fair while promoting Beauty and the Beast in a sheer top that exposed her breast. Naturally, news outlets lost their minds. Pret-a-Reporter even referred to her as a "hypocrite." And what did Watson have to say about it? In an interview with Reuters, Watson admonished critics who "were saying that I couldn’t be a feminist and have boobs."
Then, as ever, she lowered the boom.
I have nothing to add to that perfect sentiment.
Happy birthday, Emma Watson.