[UPDATED] Happy International Women’s Day! You Can Watch Emma Watson’s Q&A On Gender Equality Here
Emma Watson announced earlier this week that she and the #HeForShe campaign would be celebrating International Women’s Day with a live conversation/Q&A on Gender Equality.
And now’s the moment! We’ll update this post with tidbits about the conversation, but if you’re interested in watching live you can do so here. Below you can find video of Watson’s newest thoughts on the issues she’s tackling as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. It doesn’t cover everything, of course, but it covers the focus of her initiatives and begins to address issues of intersectionality and criticisms of first world feminism.
You can find some from the conversation highlights below.
She talked about racism, homophobia, gender nonconformity, ableism, and other overlapping issues, and brought up that key I-word:
I understand that these oppressions are interlocking, mutually reinforcing, and that intersectionality is a key word here.
— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) March 8, 2015
On the threats against her after that first #HeForShe speech (when that website was set up threatening to release nudes):
[The people in my life who didn’t think that gender equality was a pressing modern issue] saw that the minute I stood up to talk about gender equality I was attacked, they saw that it was real and happening now…If anything it made me so much more determined, I was just raging. ‘This is why I have to be doing this, this is why I have to be doing this.’
On criticisms of First World Feminism (like that one Maisie Williams gave a while back):
Surely, I’ve been incredibly privileged, and surely it’s then my responsibility to then make sure that other women *do* have access, making sure that what I’ve been lucky enough to see in my life extends out to others.
She also paraphrased a recent speech Gloria Steinem gave for #HeForShe:
The human race is like a bird, and it needs both of its wings to fly. and right now one of those wings is clipped, and we’ll never be able to fly without it.