Most people watched her grow up before their eyes in the now legendary Harry Potter franchise. (Some of us, like myself, arrived to the party a little more than fashionably late and as a result, have only recently watched the movies or read the books.)
Whether she’s been on your radar many years or you’re only now aware of her existence, Emma Watson has made it known that she’s not just an actress, a daughter, a friend.
She’s a force to be applauded—to be in awe of.
As the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, she kicks booty at this whole feminist thing.
In the past few months, I’ve learned more about the feminist movement and have grown to admire so many women and their minds who are involved in moving us, as a sex, forward in society.
Watson has had a lot to do with my newfound interest. Recently, I’m come across several comments and quotes from her and about her, and home girl knows her stuff. She’s so inspiring for this simple fact: she knows herself and her truth and lives it in a manner that is unapologetic. Except where a lot of people become belligerent in an attempt to get others to understand their point of view, Watson shares hers with the world in a dignified way that leaves others free to agree or share their own unique narrative. It’s down right civil and a refreshing change.
The word feminist, as well as the people who claim that title for themselves, often get a bum rap for for being too intense, too zealous, too…straight up cray.
While that’s unfortunate, there are so many wonderful people—both women and men—involved in this collective. Let’s take a moment to appreciate one such woman who is sensitive and wise—and making the whole dang human race look amazing.
20 Emma Watson Quotes That Empower Women
Everything I’ve ever wanted to be and not known I wanted to be, all phrased so perfectly and eloquently.
Immediately when I read this for the first time, I felt so much “YES! FINALLY. SOMEONE HAS SAID IT.” There’s this weird pressure in society to like trendy things, and if you don’t, you’re lame and unaware and weird. And that ish has got to end. Right now. Like, right this second. Pretending to like something is lame and unaware and weird.
The sooner in life you learn this, the smoother and more enjoyable your life will be. I think I learned this at the age of 3 when my mom tried to put me in this ridiculous outfit and my answer was an adamant, “Nah, dude.”
Covering up may not help you become famous on Instagram, but it’s definitely a lesson on keeping things classy. I’m all for women wearing what makes them feel confident—whether that’s a bikini or a moo-moo. But who said letting errythang hang out ad nauseam should be the new normal? There’s a lot to be said for a lil’ mystery. 😉
Why should such a simple concept be so hard to employ day to day? It’s common sense.
Amen, sister friend. Definitely just got allll the warm, woo-woo, girl power fuzzies. Did you feel ’em, too?
As an introvert, this was something that was harder for me to realize and accomplish. I can so easily feel that compulsion to fit into someone else’s idea of me. But as I’ve gotten older, I’m becoming more comfortable with myself and shaking off others’ expectations.
We’ve all earned the right to screw up—it’s part of being human. You try something, it doesn’t work. You try a different something, it works. Rinse. Repeat. Everyone fails at something, eventually. If you never have, you’re probably not doing something that important to begin with. #truthbomb
What you’re working towards is worth it; you’re worth it. I know I doubt myself a lot—almost daily. But if you’re not there to pull yourself back up, shake yourself, and tell yourself that you can achieve something great, who else will?
Probably the hardest thing to come to terms with, as a woman in today’s society. The media is constantly launching a myriad of products and antidotes at us, promising that whatever new “it” thing will fix our various issues. A lot of us (myself included) have tried a “throw-everything-at-your-face/body-and-see-what-sticks” approach. Well, I’m not 100% confident in who I am yet, and that’s okay. I’m still growing and working toward something better, in addition to developing other parts of myself—the parts you can’t see.
I know everyone can relate to this at some point. I love Ms. Watson’s passion for encouraging other young women to go after what they want, in spite of fear or doubt.
One of my favorite quotes. Period. The end. Aren’t we all searching for this? I’m jealous of those of you who already know what this means for you. Don’t let anyone take it away, okay?
Big change often starts with only one person. Be brave.
Social media is a testament to this. You’re not what people comment on your Facebook pictures. You’re not how many likes or retweets you get online. You’re how you feel about yourself. You’re what you know about yourself. You’re your actions and your thoughts. You’re the whirlwind of what your unique talents can accomplish.
Here’s to making ourselves just a little bit more vulnerable, breaking down walls in order to build them back up again around stronger, more nurturing communities of people determined to help one another.
There should be no contempt associated with sensitive men, and there should be no contempt associated with strong women. We’re capable of being both; we need to be both.
I’m amazing at being alone. I live for time by myself. I need my time with friends and family, but I crave my “me time”. It’s a part of who I am, and I’m so glad I’m the type of person who understands that time alone is necessary for my sanity. I also have my own ways of dealing with stress. If you’re struggling to know how to care for yourself in terms of time alone or during stressful circumstances, I urge you to take the time now to learn what your body , and most of all your mind needs. You’ll be so glad you did.
A perfect representation of our current gender inequality. If someone you know is having trouble understanding the need for equality and feminism, read them this quote. I think it speaks volumes.
Personally, I can see myself being a warrior princess—with a great outfit. You can totally have both, ladies.
After getting a glimpse into the inner workings of Watson’s mind, I know I feel liberated. What about you?
What are your thoughts on gender inequality, feminism, and these quotes from Emma Watson? If you have any favorite quotes on this topic, list them below! I love reading and learning new things.
I have a feeling we’re going to be friends—let’s get to know each other better!