The future will be molded by our youth. Never has it been more critical for girls and young women to have positive role models to emulate and learn from. Emma Watson has risen from child stardom to gracefully assume a leadership role for young people across the world.
After her breakthrough role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series, Watson took a gap year to further her education at Brown University. After graduation, Watson developed into more adult roles that tackled controversial subject matter and began modeling. By 2013, Watson was named Woman of the Year by British GQ. Her recent 2017 role as Belle in an updated rendition of Beauty and the Beast launched Watson to superstardom and made her an instant idol for young girls.
Throughout her career, Watson has dedicated herself to activism. An outspoken feminist, Watson has promoted education for girls and has traveled to Zambia and Bangladesh to serve this purpose. Appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, Watson spearheaded the “HeForShe” movement through which men are encouraged to step up for gender equality. She started a feminist book club on Goodreads entitled Our Shared Shelf and launched a helpline in 2016 for people who’ve suffered from sexual harassment.
Through her diligent commitment to herself and her righteous ambitions, she has furthered her own education and brought global awareness to the world’s most pressing issues. She is an irreplaceable and impeccable role model for young women everywhere who aim to change the world and become anything they set their mind to.