Emma Watson is looking to make a difference during her one year sabbatical from acting — and have a little fun too!
As we reported, Miz Watson recently revealed that she’d be taking some time off to focus on personal growth and feminism. LOVES it!
In fact, the brunette beauty has been an equal rights advocate for some time as she founded the gender equality organization HeForShe back in 2014.
“This is the most fun I’ve ever had… It’s so awesome to be at the forefront of that wave and that energy and just being able to channel that which I found mildly horrifying ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ all of the crazy attention on me ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ and doing something good with it, it just feels like I’m really doing what I’m meant to be doing.”
Fierce! And it seems, like Jennifer Lawrence, the 25-year-old is not afraid to talk about the gender wage gap problem. She continued:
“We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva.’ But there’s a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Call me a ‘diva’, call me a ‘feminazi’, call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist’, call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens. Because it doesn’t just affect me. Whether you are a woman on a tea plantation in Kenya, or a stockbroker on Wall Street, or a Hollywood actress, no one is being paid equally.”
Wow, powerful stuff. Not to mention, despite her A-list status, Emma has unfortunately had first-hand experiences when dealing with sexism. She added:
“I’ve had my arse slapped as I’ve left a room. I’ve felt scared walking home. I’ve had people following me. I don’t talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse.”
How awful! Still, Emma is offering up a solution through her organization that encourages men to advocate for women’s rights.
The Beauty and the Beast actress concluded:
“There’s no point in me going, ‘You all have to go away from having read this article and decide that you are a feminist.’ That’s useless. The only thing that is going to make a difference is if men go away and speak to the women in their lives about what they are experiencing.”
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