Watch Emma Watson's Entire HeForShe Q&A
Yesterday was International Women's Day, and actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson sat down at the Facebook offices in London to discuss gender equality and the HeForShe campaign (which she launched with an excellent speech at the UN last year). “Gender equality, historically, has been predominately a woman's movement, for women," she said. “But I think the impact of gender inequality, and how it's actually been affecting men, hasn't really been addressed. ... I think also, our society in general, devalues the she—and when I say that, I mean qualities which are associated with the feminine, which are found in all of us. And as a result, there's kind of this result and this distortion, and it's hindering our progress. It's causing discrimination and violence and pain and fear the world over. I wanted to ... give people a voice and a platform with which to make change.”
During the hour-long Q&A, Watson talked about the women who inspired her (her mother, who was reportedly pretty excited when Watson got her first detention for failing a Latin test), chivalry (“The key is chivalry should be consensual, both parties should be feeling good about that”), gender inequality in the film industry, the threats she received after her UN speech, and what makes a person a feminist (“Men think it’s a women’s word ... But it really just means that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you. You’re a feminist ... That’s it”), and gave this wonderful piece of advice: “Just don't let anyone tell you can or cannot do, or can or cannot achieve. Just do not allow it. It's so wrong. Be whatever you want to be.” You can watch the whole thing above.