If you watched actor Emma Watson’s speech to the United Nations last Sunday, you saw a strong, young woman do her part to make “feminism” constructively meaningful again. In a few minutes, she did what many women and men have feared doing much of their lives. She referred to herself as a feminist without an ounce of apology in tow. “I’m not one of those ugly, men-haters” was not added to her revelation. In fact, she made clear that the word “feminism” has been and is now about equality of women and men. In her speech, she invited men, particularly young men, as part of the HeForShe campaign to join her as feminists to improve the dire economic and domestic conditions under which so many women live. As Watson explained, these conditions will not improve around the world until men and women join together to make it happen.
I hope you’ll take a moment to read this blog. Perhaps feminism is being reinvented and it’s very beautiful in many ways.