By Danielle Korzhenyak
Recently, actress Emma Watson spoke in front of a large United Nations (UN) committee meeting about issues of female equality in our society. On September 21, Emma Watson formally invited male members to join the long, overdue fight for gender equality. Her speech was moving and indicative that her struggle for gender equality is a commitment she intends to pursue for the rest of her life.
In her role as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, she spoke of how reaching gender equality would be close to impossible if only one gender were to participate. She stressed the importance of a united playing field where both men and women work together in establishing fair and equal treatments for both sexes.
“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,” Watson said to the United Nations as she and promoted her HeForShe campaign. The campaign is a “solidarity movement for gender equality” which invites men to take part in the global fight for equality by signing a pledge.
She offers the chance for women and men to take the pledge and support the cause of eliminating gender inequality and violence towards women. She argues instead that we support the role of women becoming an integral factor in the growth of our nation.
As a feminist, I strongly agree with what Watson professed in regards to the lack attention to feminism. Whether it is in the workplace, the home, or any other setting, women deserve equal treatment, which includes treatment, pay, accommodations, care, etc.
Yet, I understand that no matter how much feminists advocate for the awareness of gender equality, we will conjure a negative image due to the often undesirable connotation of the word feminism. Watson’s UN speech was a peace offering made to our society in order to close the gap in our equality bridge through demonstrating the positive qualities of feminism.
Her speech indicated that feminism is a goal which will solve men’s problems as well. Until we are able to make this change, the possibility for gender equality will not be complete. It goes without saying that feminism is an opportunity for males and females to construct and solidify a platform in which each is valued and appreciated equally. But these are only the beginning steps towards a revolution of equality.