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Dear Daughters, Emma Watson brings us the He For She movement

Dear Daughters,

By now most people have heard, or at the very least have heard of, Emma Watson’s brilliant United Nations speech on the HeForShe movement. According to the HeForShe website “HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other of humanity, for the entirety of humanity.”

If you have not yet listened to Emma Watson’s gamechanging words, watch the video below.

Here are some great quotes from her speech:

  • “No country in the world can say they have achieved gender equality.”
  • In 1997 Hilary Clinton gave a speech in Beijing about women’s rights. The thing that struck Emma the most was that “less than 30% of the audience was male. How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation? Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation.”


  • To men she says, “Gender equality is your issue too. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either. We don’t talk often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. And that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”

“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 all about – freedom.”
  • “I want men to take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too.”
  • Edmund Burke said, “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”
  • Emma was questioning her role in this fight for gender equality and she asked herself two things: “If not me, who? If not now, then when?”
  • “If we do nothing it will take 75 years before women can expect to get paid the same as men, for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children. And at current rates, it won’t be until 2086 before all rural African girls can have a secondary education.”
  • “Fighting for women’s rights has become synonymous with man-hating, but feminism is the belief that men AND women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

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