By: Hillary Marie Chester
If you haven’t lived under a rock for the past, oh fourteen or fifteen years, then you know who Emma Watson is. The girl who became Harry Potter’s best friend is so popular among young women for a number of reasons. One being that women in their twenties grew up right alongside of Watson, who is twenty-five. We might have hit puberty at different rates, but watching a strong, intelligent, independent female character on screen, one who was not an animated princess, was, and still is, a big deal.
But what’s truly remarkable about Watson isn’t that she was Hermione Granger. Most actors and actresses when placed in such a popular and widely-recognized role get typecast into similar roles for the remainder of their career. Watson hasn’t. She’s floated between genres effortlessly. Watson also eschewed from growing up along the typical, self-destructive road that most child actors and actresses follow. Instead, Watson pursued her education at Brown University and Oxford University, where she graduated in May 2014 with a degree in English literature.
What has she been doing since? Nothing huge, just spending time at the United Nation as a Women’s Goodwill Ambassador and helping start a worldwide campaign called HeforShe, which focuses on men advocating for gender equality. Watson has become a well-known advocate for gender equality. She surprised many with her eloquent and intelligent speeches at the UN. Yes, Emma Watson is gorgeous and talented, but she is also incredibly intelligent and passionate about making the world a better place. She is a reminder that we can all take steps to improving our world and that you do not have to be in your thirties and up to do so.