Carrying on the noble work of Hermione Granger, Emma Watson took the world by storm last fall, when she spoke at the UN on behalf of the HeForShe campaign, which pushes for global gender equality. Her second speech for the campaign took place yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and this time, Watson pushed for more than just attention surrounding gender disparity — she issued a veritable call to arms.
After noting how remarkable it was that the original speech garnered over 11 million views, “sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations,” she announced a plan to launch a program called Impact 10x10x10, explaining that it would focus on “engaging governments, businesses and universities, and having them make concrete commitments to gender equality.” But rather than rest on lofty sounding goals that only focus on macro applications that would hopefully trickle down, Watson went one step further and issued a call to arms, asking people to do the same in their daily lives. Keep reading »
Sage wisdom from an art form that’s built on stereotyping people…
Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality at the UN may have sparked a seriously bizarre marketing stunt/prank on 4Chan/stupid hoax, but it also educated countless young people and did a massive amount of good. One of those young people, 15-year-old Ed Holtom, loved her speech so much that he wrote into UK’s Telegraph to express his support. In his letter, he worries that some of the other boys at his school have a more hostile view towards feminism, and he makes a call to action for other young people to reject gender stereotypes. Holtom told BuzzFeed, “I was inspired by Emma Watson’s speech, but also by Beyoncé’s philosophy of female empowerment. I didn’t expect anyone to take an interest in it, but I’m so glad people agree with me!” Is this kid awesome or what? The letter that appears in the Telegraph was shortened a bit, but he provided BuzzFeed with the full version, which you can read after the jump!
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On Saturday, Emma Watson delivered a stirring speech to the United Nations about gender inequality, addressing the stereotypes that impact and limit the rights of both men and women (while wearing a totally on point dress, I must mention). She is the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, and a special event was held this weekend to celebrate the launch of HeForShe, a gender equality movement. Emma has such a delicate, soft voice, and I think that’s what makes her so commanding in her own way. She compels people to lean forward in their seats and listen hard — and what she had to say was so very worth it. [The Gloss; Mashable]
Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated by men, women have had to develop the ability to learn more quickly. Because women spent centuries receiving less cognitive nurturing than men, they may simply be catching up as the world becomes a more equal place. I guess this is a compliment …? Keep reading »