Fearless. Feminine. Famous.

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noun \ˈī-ˌkän\ :

a sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it:

an icon of womanhood.
While we are surrounded by the Kardashians of the world, few women stand out to break the stereotypes women are often categorized with. Not only is Emma Watson a fashion icon, but she’s also a beacon of equality and standing up for women’s rights. In 2014, she stood up at the United Nations on International Women’s Day and gave an emotional speech to help change perspective about gender inequality.  View full UN speech here.
“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer, and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.

Emma uses her celebrity to empower women around the world and serves as a UN Goodwill Ambassador as well as an advocate for the HeForShe campaign. I admire her ability to inspire young women to be fearless and stand up for what they believe in and her extraordinary acting ability.

Emma recently donated her time in Zambia and Bangladesh working with her campaign to educate and empower young women. At the young age of 25, Emma Watson has done more to empower women than most actresses twice her age. I admire her ability to silence a room and really make people of both sexes and different cultures to listen to what she has to say. She is the model of femininity and power and is someone all women should look up to.

“I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves,”

To join her Feminist Book Club, “Our Shared Shelf,” click here.

 

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