I can't outline or summarize the important points of Miss Watson's speech because they are all important. As far as I can tell, there has never been a clearer articulation of the concept of feminism. It's not just about women - it's about men and women - because you can't have equality with only the efforts of one side. Here it is:
If Miss Watson's message struck a chord with you, check these out too:
- Amy Poehler's "Smart Girls at the Party"
- Ambassador Samantha Power's White House blog
- Lego's female scientists
- Kiva's "ladies' only" micro-lending scheme
- I've made two $25 loans in the past year. They were both repaid in full and I was immensely proud of the women who I was able to lend to. This an excellent way for anyone to contribute to the effort to empower women in developing countries.
- Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In
- Read the book, talk about the book, and get on board with the "Ban Bossy" campaign. When I started my internship with the Bailey Group, my first task was to read Lean In and I will be forever grateful for that task!
P.S. Does anyone else think that Hermione Granger's strong female character influenced Watson's current position? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!