We all know Emma Watson from her starring role as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter movies, which she started filming at the age of 11. We watched her grow up before our eyes. What you may not know is that she is also, and maybe more importantly, an accomplished humanitarian, serving as the United Nation’s Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014.
As the Harry Potter franchise was coming to an end, she began attending Brown University in Rhode Island as an English literature major, graduating in Spring of 2014, mere months before her UN appointment.
In the five years since she became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she has advocated for women’s rights and gender equality, helping to Launch the UN’s #HeForShe movement in 2014. In 2016, she traveled to Malawi to meet with tribal chiefs about child marriages.
As if that wasn’t enough, in the last couple of years she has turned her attention to the environment and sustainability through her fashion choices. Many don’t realize the impact that the fashion industry has on the environment, from pollution to waste. She has made an extra effort to wear and promote designers who create clothing through sustainable and environmentally conscious means.
You still need another reason to love Emma Watson? How about her book club, Our Shared Shelf? Through her Goodreads book club that anyone can join, you’ll find loads of new reading material with feminist themes. I literally just found out about this while researching this post and you better believe that I’ll be joining!
Emma Watson, at just 29 years old, has made a tremendous impact on the world, and she doesn’t show any signs of stopping!