Following an Ivy League education and the Harry Potter series, British actress Emma Watson is sticking up for herself – and for women around the world. As the newly appointed Women’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Emma delivered a powerful message to U.N. officials this weekend about what it means to be a feminist and who exactly should be involved in the matter (hint: everyone).

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In her ten-minute speech, Emma raises important questions about gender inequality, like “Why has the word ‘feminism’ become such an unpopular one?” She also asks for our help in reversing the age-old stigma that all feminists are “anti-men,” formally extending an invitation for guys to join the conversation. This stance supports her newly launched campaign HeForShe, a solidarity movement encouraging men to join the fight for equal rights.

Already, Emma’s words have made their mark on the world (and on my Facebook news feed). She’s poised and passionate about equal rights, and I can think of no one better for the job. So boys, get involved and sign a commitment at It’s your issue too.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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September 22, 2014

The newest addition to Emma Watson’s résumé? (And no, it’s not a Harry Potter reunion…) She’s been named the next Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women, a branch dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The starlet will work with the HeForShe campaign, a women-led movement in which men are encouraged to speak out against inequalities faced by females.

“We are thrilled and honored to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of U.N. Women,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of U.N. Women, said in a statement. “The engagement of young people is critical for the advancement of gender equality in the 21st century, and I am convinced that Emma’s intellect and passion will enable U.N. Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally.”

Emma and Phumzile aren’t the only excited ones. Marie Claire reports that after the announcement, the U.N.’s website shut down due to an influx of traffic. Quite the accomplishment for her first day on the job.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 11, 2014