Actress to Activist

Actress to Activist

I’m sure everyone knows the U.K. sweetheart Emma Watson. She touched our hearts, made us laugh, and wowed us with her wizarding skills in the Harry Potter movie series, but where is she now?

Since this beloved movie series came to a close, Watson has been very active in the community as an actress, model, and activist. Since September 2009, Watson has been modelling in the fashion industry. She has been featured as the face of Burberry’s collections in 2009 and 2010, the cover of Vogue magazine in 2011, and a representative for People Tree, a fashion label promoting fair trade.

She also has been very active in Hollywood. She has graced our screens in many films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and even made a guest appearance in the 2013 comedy This is the End.

As beautiful and talented as she is, the real reason we are talking about her is because of all of the hard work she is putting in at UN Women. In July 2014, Watson was appointed Goodwill Ambassador. This position allows her to dedicate her services towards gender equality and the empowerment of young women. She has travelled around the world promoting both of these ideals, as well as to promote fair trade and organic clothing.

Her most recent endeavor that is related to her work at the UN is her book club that she started. This book club is through “Goodreads,” a website made specifically for readers to write and read book recommendations. Watson has created a forum, or discussion page, where she will post a book for that month and start a discussion based off of its themes, characters, and plots.

Our Shared Shelf” is a feminist based discussion group that involves many books and essays written about equality. The way this forum works is each month, Watson posts what book is up for discussion and it goes from the beginning to the end of the month.

Each book that she recommends, Watson has never read, so she is experiencing it for the first time along with a lot of the readers. Then throughout the month, a great discussion is started by those in the book club. They talk about equality issues, feminism, and other things that relate to the works being read. It is a public group, so anyone can join it, which means there are so many different types of people in the discussion from all around the world.

Although Watson is not the only person working in UN Women, she is a very influential person for our age and generation. Because we all know her so well from current media and our childhood, it makes her a powerful voice to have in the UN.