Who is she?
In 2014, she delivered a landmark speech to the United Nations to launch the #HeForShe campaign, to encourage men and boys to become advocates for gender equality. The speech outlined how men stood to benefit from feminism.
The speech went viral and Emma suddenly became the latest celebrity face of feminism worldwide.
She is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and has toured the world promoting girls education and women’s political participation.
Why should we thank her?
While some people are critical of celebrity feminists (and equally, many are critical of the whole “men in feminism” movement), I think Emma should be applauded for her speech, which brings the whole definition back to basics, and addresses the role men can (and should) play in bringing about true gender equality.
“If you stand for equality, you’re a feminist – I’m sorry to tell you, but you are.”