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Malala’s Girls and #HeforShe: #IWD2016


In celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8th, global voices join this week to celebrate the achievements of women, both historically and in real time. But this week also highlights issues of gender disparity worldwide, with calls for commitment to #PledgeforParity. The hashtags #IWD2016 #InternationalWomenDay and #FelizDiaDeLaMujer are trending on Twitter and throughout social media today.

The Google Doodle above features a multilingual, multicultural vision of many girls and women called #OneDayIWill that includes global animal rights advocate and planet guardian extraordinaire, Jane Goodall, who has taken to social media in the past year with a growing movement for saving our environment, including live Facebook video chats. Not bad for an 80+year old!

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Let’s shine a spotlight on a few inspiring voices driving the equality dialogues this year:

Malala Yousafzai

One of the bravest, most powerful proponents of global equity for girls is Malala Yousafzai, author of the bestselling memoir, I Am Malala and founder of The Malala Fund.
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Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan had a dream: to go to school. She started a blog at the age of 11, advocating for girls education. Her reward? The Taliban boarded her school bus one morning and attempted to assassinate her. Except she didn’t die. Airlifted to England, she underwent extensive surgeries and her face bears witness to her injuries. But that didn’t stop Malala. She has dedicated her young life to speaking out on behalf of girls education. She spent her 16th birthday addressing the United Nations and, in 2015, at the age of 18, became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then she has worked tirelessly for girls and youth education initiatives, including bringing special attention to refugee children who due to no fault of their own, have been taken out of the education system due to dislocation from war-torn regions, living in limbo awaiting asylum in safer havens.

About The Malala Fund:

About the Malala Fund from Malala Fund on Vimeo.

As succinctly stated by GirlsRising.org,

Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.
Educated girls stand up for their rights, marry and have children later, educate their own children, and their families and communities thrive. Yet millions of girls around the world face barriers to education that boys do not. Removing barriers such as early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery and sex trafficking means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all.

Emma Watson

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Emma Watson, millennial icon of the Harry Potter series, and now Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, has taken her #HeforShe campaign to expansive forums with a huge positivity response online that includes vocal support from President Obama, Actor/Activist Matt Damon and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.

Watson’s #HeforShe address at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2014 has garnered over 1.7 million YouTube views:

Watson recently announced that she was taking a break from acting to focus on her work as an ambassador for the United Nation’s #HeForShe initiative for gender equality.

Watson has received criticism about her position of privilege as a white wealthy feminist, which has been levied toward feminists since the 70s Second Wave, calling for a much-needed discussions of diversity and the ways gender inequality affects individuals and communities along racial lines. She has used her social media channels to promote dialogue with her characteristic thoughtfulness:

Viola Davis

In her moving Emmy-Award acceptance this year, Viola Davis spoke to the issues of the power of story and opportunities for actors of color.
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Here is the text of that moving speech:

‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’
That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.
And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.

Justin Trudeau

The newly elected prime minister of Canada wasted no time this year in promoting a millennial agenda for gender equity when he announced his inaugural cabinet would be 50% female. When the press asked why, Trudeau famously answered, “Because it’s 2015.”

Watch this clip of his discussion at the 2016 World Economic Forum with Facebook CFO Sheryl Sanders:

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari, whose successful 2015 Netflix series, “Master of None,” explored issues of diversity, millennial dating, and the conundrums of mainstream representation, put him on the map as an important refreshing storyteller, reaching beyond his previous roles and appearances. He has also been outspoken in labeling himself as a feminist, as this GIF underscores:

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Amy Schumer
And of course a discussion of 2015-16 bold moves in the realms of all genres of taboos in gender boxes would not be complete without Amy Schumer’s series, Inside Amy Schumer, which explored, age, sexism, racism, sexuality and “the universe” with bold hilarity, especially in this vignette featuring Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis Dreyfuss, “Last F**kable Day”:

You’re welcome!

Add your favorite voices to the chorus of gender equality changemaking in the comments below! And celebrate all the girls and women, boys and men out there putting themselves to the test of crossing the gender lines.




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  1. Valeria Maxera

    #HeforShe is one of the most important campaigns of this generation. There is just something so catchy about the hashtag that makes people want to hashtag it even though they are not helping on anything, but still, all publicity is publicity. It is important to understand the images behind this big campaign, because without their power, it would be hard for people who are not educated with what is happening around the world, take into consideration in this change. Not only Emma Watson takes a huge role in this, but Malala as well, her strong and courages mind, inspires several women of different ages to do something. To look for change. There is such a difference between men and women, that seems even unreal to believe it still exists. Amy Schumer, Aziz Anzari, and Viola Davis are as well important figures to the whole idea of feminisim and equality. They’re power in the media helps to spread the word, and it’s important that they keep on doing what they do in order to find change and live an equal peaceful life.

    • John Wilson

      “There is such a difference between men and women, that seems even unreal to believe it still exists.” When I think about differences, it is sad that some people focus on the side of exclusion when in a true sense of reality, being different should be inclusive of a greater whole of humanity. We were all meant to be different yet we should all remember we are the same; humans. Each of us trying to move forward and find our way and to be different adds to (not takes away) from the great whole of knowledge and development for our existence.

      • Valeria Maxera

        It’s not sad to think on the side of exclusion, when in fact, most women are still being excluded for doing a lot of stuff outside of the United States.
        In fact, I agree that being different is amazing, but why discriminate women so much?

  2. Chloe Wang

    It is incredible to see how much of a difference one voice can make and how it can impact so many around them. I always thought that the story of Malala Yousafzai was inspiring, the fact that she started her own blog advocating for girls education just at the tender age of 11. Many people at that age do not think about issues like these. It does not usually cross their minds. But, it is amazing how she has done so much for girls around the world at such a young age. It shows that it really does not matter what age you are in order to have the power to make a change. Not only that, but it is nice seeing and knowing that people from different industries are all coming together because of their equal beliefs in feminism and equality. It is great to see these well known people speaking out about this issue because of the fact that it still exists today. And, because they are always watched by people and we are all interested in what they have to say, they have the power to make a change and the power to have others listen to their opinions.

    • John Wilson

      I love when celebrities use their presence for a cause. They of course will get naysayers who will challenge their motivations, the reasoning but more often then note, the fans see through the babble. Fans realize that beyond the hype of their celebrity profiles…they are human first. There is nothing more appealing then someone baring their soul to awaken the world and challenge people to be actively involved in the world they live in. It takes a village…

  3. Anna Mackie

    Living in a “progressive” country (in relation to other nations), and although I am aware, it is still baffling to me that girls may not have the opportunity to go to school and get an education. The schooling system in itself has numerous problems, many of them including gendered expectations of students, but the thought that some girls are prevented from getting an education whatsoever, and can even be assassinated, is extremely upsetting and allows me to put my life in perspective. Malala Yousafzai is undeniably inspirational and her cry for help has not gone unheard. I feel like, especially in recent months, there has been a lot of social media outcry’s alluding to equal rights and equal opportunities in regards to gender inequalities. Several of the hotlinks you have shared on this Virtual Media Lab have highlighted people of importance calling attention to Feminism which have been not only entertaining, but extremely reassuring to know that people with a following are bringing attention to an extremely prevalent issue in the world, whether that be allowing for girls to attend school or paying men and women the same salary for the same work.
    A few days ago I saw a video that draws attention to emojis, and how even those are gendered and assume certain expectations of each gender- which I had honestly never noticed before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3BjUvjOUMc

    Gender roles and gender inequality is a huge issue and something that I believe will take a long long while for society and the world to fully accept and change (if there ever is 100% change…) but with celebrities calling attention to these issues, there is hope that if change is coming, it will come sooner rather than later.

    • John Wilson

      “Gender roles and gender inequality is a huge issue and something that I believe will take a long long while for society and the world to fully accept and change (if there ever is 100% change…) but with celebrities calling attention to these issues, there is hope that if change is coming, it will come sooner rather than later.”

      I think part of why it is taking so long for change to occur is that society gets side tracked with issues that should have been resolved long ago; it’s the bait and switch tactic. I would like to believe our government has our best interest at heart but have often found that politicians have their own personal agendas which get in the way of a whole view of equality. Unity scares them because if we are unified we can’t be controlled, told what to do and when to do it. It’s easier to have segmentation, to divide because the numbers are easier to manipulate. The only way for any of us to build that great, big, beautiful world of equality is for us to start to break down the conformity of it all to live in the roles we have either been assigned or conformed to pursue.

    • Kathleen Sweeney

      Thanks for the link to the emoji video: produced by Always feminine hygiene products. Here’s a startup app opportunity for someone that’s clearly wide-open: Better Emojis for girls and women. My question: why didn’t Always snap up the chance to create them?

  4. Kristi Tartaglione

    #heforshe has taken on some controversy but I think it is one of the more brilliant campaigns. Especially Emma Watson, I have watched her UN address, I was floored by it, I have watched it many times over. I appreciate her inclusion of genders and the acknowledgement of her privilege.
    Malala is beautiful human being that I have had the privilege of meeting. I am part of a feminist theater company that is based on social justice. Through our work we’ve been able to communicate with Malala numerous times and to see someone so young and so powerful is refreshing. She can command a room, she is funny and generous and down to earth yet taking on so many powerful progressive movements.
    I am thankful for this post for the introduction of Justin Trudeau into my life. How I was not aware of him is appalling to me but it also shows that some of these people are not being recognized as much as they should be. Also how a feminist movement and the identification that we are all feminist should be at the forefront of our news.

  5. Kathleen

    Justin Trudeau is such a welcome voice…so much buzz about moving to Canada this week in the wake of 2016 electoral debates!

    • John Wilson

      Justin Trudeau is truly a gentleman and breath of fresh air compared to the hot-air that is blowing all over the US right now. There is something very powerful about his presence. He doesn’t appear as a blowhard with the intentions of doing whats right for himself but rather he puts his people first. It’s something our candidates and politicians should take note of.

  6. John Wilson

    Yesterday, Walt Disney celebrated International Women’s Day with a series of speakers. Out these discussions inspired a program called “The Women’s Room” which is a grassroots, employee-led affinity group (for Disney Channels World Wide and Freeform) designed to provide inspiration and develop resources & programs unique to women. Part of their vision is to recognize all roles women play and empower them to succeed. Words can’t begin to express the respect and admiration I feel towards my company as well as others that celebrates diversity and inclusion for all.

    People like Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, Viola Davis, Justin Trudeau, Aziz Ansari, and Amy Schumer each have their own personalities, wisdom and insights in to this very complex world that we all live in but they all share a common goal; equality. As important is it is to see how far we have come, it is imperative that we see how much we still have to accomplish at getting to a point of a diversified, unified world.

    One of the things that diverts us from seeing a larger scope of what is going on in the world is our news media outlets. For example, the horrible, train wreck of debates that are happening in the US. At one point does someone stop the madness to rein things back in to the core issues at hand?! Some topics (gun control, abortion, religion to name a few) keep coming back like a hydra. While other topics (global resources, equality for all, eco and social reasonability) fall out of the picture lost in the limelight.

  7. Kathleen Sweeney

    One of the many benefits of social media has been making us more aware of the global situation for gender equality. Many hard-won rights for women in the United States have come fairly recently (women gained the right to vote in this country in 1921. does that shock you?)…and yet many take the progress for granted. Around the world, there are still child bride practices, widow burnings, female genital mutilation, and a lack of laws against trafficking and sexual abuse. We still have so far to go! And yet, leaps in progress take place when a leader like Malala steps up onto the global stage, addressing often-ignored girl populations in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Jordan and Lebanon, as well as Syrian refugees. So far The Malala Fund has raised 3.5 Million dollars toward 11 school projects. Not bad for a 19-year old. Her focus is admirable, as well as her ability to respond with grace to naysayers. Unlike many U.S. politicians on the current circus stage, she refuses to speak the language of enemization. She has forgiven the Taliban. Talk about a role model for world leadership!

    Not only does the bipolarizing hate speech of this US election cycle bring out the worst in us, even as viewers beset by the wastefulness of the display, it slows us down as a nation from making progress on the issues that matter most. If you take a look at the paychecks of those politicians you will see huge corporate donations. These corporations benefit from the distractions of the moment to keep eyes away from offshore drilling, continued oil, gas and coal subsidies, timber cutting in National Forests, global warming, and the good news about the ways equality in leadership improves productivity, the actual gains in renewable energy worldwide and domestically.

    Justin Trudeau arrived in Washington this week. Eyes on his leadership style to see how the U.S. might model a similar approach.

    • Christina Murray

      The Gorilla Girls is an awesome group that has been around for a while “reinventing the “f” word: feminism!” I love who they are, “We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. We wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than our personalities.” (http://www.guerrillagirls.com/interview/faq.shtml)

      • Kathleen Sweeney

        Love Guerrilla Girls! Thanks for bringing them up and sharing the link…an incredibly effective art-based performative approach to challenging the status quo…they have had a big impact on sexism in the art world and beyond.

  8. Christina Murray

    Malala Yousafzai continues to be one of the most inspirational women of her time. What she is doing for girls and women everywhere is very brave to say the least. Her book, I am Malala is a must read. By creating awareness about gender inequality she is changing the world through education and it will be a better place because of her efforts.

    Emma Watson discusses the controversy over feminism in her speech to the UN. I agree that men should be able to be sensitive and women should be able to be strong. Her #heforshe campaign is a very powerful one. While she brings up many important aspects of feminism, I found her statement, “No country in the world can say they have achieved gender equality.” While I have never actually put much thought in this, it is sad but true. I think because I live in the United States, I have always felt thankful to be an American woman, so I never really thought about being seen less strong or qualified as a woman. I was always just thankful to not have to be married as a child.

    Emma Watson brings up very valid points, such as there are no countries where men and women are equal. I also appreciate the acknowledgement that she was and is very privileged. Her response tweet was very down to earth and says a lot about who she is and what she is working towards. The Amy Schumer vignette with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis Dreyfuss was hilarious! My favorite part was rushing to get it filmed before the stroke of midnight, “For fear that your vagina will turn into a hermit crab”! This is so sad that this is the reality we live in.

    The first step to changing anything is through awareness. Thanks to social media and the power of a hashtag, key issues such as gender inequality, can come to light a whole lot faster because of the digital world we live in.

  9. Rhea Goyal

    Malala Yousafzai has not only revoluntionlised girls education but still strives to reach her goal. But is a great example of someone who has voiced her opinion and fought for her motive even after reaching such a strong global standing, like receiving the Nobel Peace Prize (and all the achievements listed by Kathleen Sweeney in her comments) and having everyone, even us talk about her on numerous social platforms. She is an inspiration not only to the current youth but will be written in the books of history for woman’s rights of secondary education. #IAmMalala
    She feels that the gender inequalities will decrease with the rate of women education that has only been catering to the men even until today. It maybe hard for us to understand this extent living in developed western countries, but I myself come from a developing country in the east and I absolutely empathize with this movement and its motive.
    Education is something that makes women realise there worth and place in the world that facilitates them to go on and achieve bigger and better things in life. Its like knowledge, the more you know the more things you want to keep knowing. Information through the internet itself is like educating oneself. Why do we hear so many people say “Oh, I wont have a job if it wasn’t for social media.”

    Emma Watson’s campaign brought about much criticism as seen but her reply was rather thoughtful and specially when she talks about her bosses being black women who gave her the job in the first place. She has giving up her acting career for the time being to focus on her job towards making the #Heforshe campaign work as a white wealthy and famous personality could make her staff do her dirty work, but we see Emma going out of her way and actually trying to make a difference. In this case I would even call it advantageous for her wealth and popularity that this campaign may already have mass recognition. Don’t you think? And the same goes for all the other initiatives by the celebrities, they have already audience why not put that to a better use?

  10. Leah Cohen

    Loved reading this article, it reminds me a lot of the New York Time’s article about what it’s really like to work in Hollywood. (Link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/24/arts/100000004212302.app.html?nytapp=iphone&_r=1) Different celebrities of various backgrounds, genders and skin color all discuss personal experiences where they’ve been judged in such a spotlighted position.
    The google doodle was so fun to watch, I love that it highlights not just women, but different cultures and highlighting the fact that women CAN do anything, it’s all just a matter of opportunity–like Viola Davis said in her acceptance speech.
    I always agree with what Emma Watson has to say, I find that she’s a great source for women to look up to and really eloquently discusses the gender divide. I agreed with her points on White Feminism. She acknowledges her celebrity and uses that as a platform to raise awareness.

    As always, I’m interested to see how this year will shape the years to come, the more Hastags and articles that get out, the more people are aware and get involved.

  11. Morgan Gildersleeve

    Wow…what an amazing and incredibly inspiring article. What i find so amazing about these individuals, is that they not only believe in something, but they are DOING something. Equal rights for all, regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from is to me, the most important thing that we must fight for. It is quite simple… we are all human. We do not chose our gender, race, sexual orientation, how we look, how our bodies function, or the environment that we are born into. With that being said, the bravery and strength of women such as Malala Yousafzai should be something that inspires us all to get out there, speak up, and actually contribute to such an important movement. True equality requires that we all have equal access to opportunity and vice versa.

    Emma Watson has taken her platform, and has used it in the most positive way to speak on equality, and her #heforshe campaign is powerful. What I loved about her speech to the UN, is that she does not discount men from this fight for equality. I have heard (more times than i would like to even admit) that “feminism is sexist against men.” That is one of the most absurd things i have ever heard. First of all, not even all men are equal among men, and feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” That does not in any way take away the rights that men have, nor is it about man hating. I love what Emma said: “both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.” To me, that speaks to the idea of equality for all. We as women have the right to be strong and powerful, just as much as any man has the right to be sensitive and gentile. Lets tare down gender stereotypes…lets tare down all stereotypes!

  12. Madison Porter

    I really enjoyed learning more about the feminists of our generation this week. Malala is astonishing with the work she has already accomplished. Winning a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 18 is so inspiring. The fact that people are starting to accept the idea that all girls should be able to attend school and receive an education is encouraging for our future.
    Emma Watson’s speech is very inspiring. She talks about “man-hating” becoming an issue because the word feminism is becoming so common. I never really gave that any thought before, but feminism truly means equality for all not just women. I had never heard of the term “white feminist” before reading that tweet Emma Watson was tagged in. I had no idea there was even separation between feminists because they all believe in the same thing.

    The Comedy Central video is so funny, but very true in the film and television industries. Actresses aren’t being hired because of their talent; it’s based on looks after a certain age. It was also interesting to see what celebrities and figure heads posted for #InternationalWomensDay. It was interesting to see who took notice of the day and what they had to say.

  13. shikun liu

    This week’s articles are so inspiring. All these individuals have followed their mind to try to reach their goals, especially Mlalala. It is amazing to know what she has accomplished, and how incredible that she won the Nobal Peace Prize at that young age. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She is a great example of someone who really speaks out and fights for it, no matter what difficulties she faces. Indeed, we don’t have the choice for what gender we are, but we have the choice to fight for inequality to achieve equal opportunities.

    Emma Watson, as a celebrity takes her advantage to do good for the society. Her speech at the UN was really powerful. Speaking as part of the HeForShe campaign, Watson called out men for failing to promote feminist ideals, reclaimed the word “feminist,” and talked about taking ownership of her own body. During the speech, she called on men to champion women’s issues and also highlighted the problems they can develop because of the pressures to be stereotypically masculine. I’ve never thought in this way before, and I learnt a lot.

  14. Tara

    This article is so empowering and inspiring. Malala Yousafzai is such a unique person. I’m always in awe of her courage and drive to do what’s right. I saw an interview she did with Jon Stewart and her character is just so admirable. She forgives the Taliban for shooting her and says she’s not afraid. All for education and equality. Education is something that a lot of Americans take for granted. Our school system is far from perfect with it’s own prejudices and high cost, but the opportunity is there.
    Amy Schumer is one of my favorites. Her show is hilarious and deals with so many issues that women face; everything from the wage gap to slut shaming. She’s so unapologetically herself and it’s inspiring.

    This article also made me think about the women who stand up in the music industry against sexism. Everything from women speaking out about sexual harassment like last month with the founder of Life and Death PR. It’s great that the industry is changing enough to empower women to speak out. Dance music has been very male dominated and as a female DJ it’s really difficult. There’s a collective based in Brooklyn called Discwomen. They support female DJs as a booking company to raise representation. Here’s a link to an article about them: https://thump.vice.com/en_us/article/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-the-lack-of-women-in-dance-music

    Also here’s a sketch I really like addressing asking women more on the red carpet. It’s a mock shampoo ad for feminism. My favorite line is “When used regularly, Feminism is known to produce amazing results”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/connie-britton-reveals-her-best-beauty-secret-feminism_us_55f059dee4b093be51bd05b8

  15. Yiwen Li

    Feminism is not against men, men and women a common enemy – power The nature of the patriarchal society is social power. Most power only rests in the hands of men Feminists are fighting for human rights. No people are not victims of power, including the man himself. Except in accordance with the power of the social system, women bear a double oppression Respectively from power with men. In fact, in the social power of men can not get the real human rights, but more and deeper human rights and dignity of women deprived.
    “He is her ” event aimed at promoting gender equality, including having the same rights and opportunities in the political, economic and social. But Emma is concerned, the activities with other women’s rights activists are different. In the event, Emma formally issued to male requests, please do not stay out of them, together with a female end gender discrimination.
    Emma Watson’s UN speech had one goal and three angles. One goal: to make men aware of gender equality is also associated with their personal issues, they also support the call for feminists to help eliminate gender inequality. Speech hope to convince men from three angles : (1) the feminist pursuit of fairness and efficiency of all men and women and social freedom. (2) men should order a woman, or at least for their favorite women are most concerned about and support feminism. (3) man should own and support for feminism.

  16. Alexander Silva

    All of the above speakers have made a significant impact on the way that feminism is portrayed in the media. The way that Malala has set out to live her life in hope for equality, specifically in the classroom, is inspirational far beyond a feministic perception, but also just to show what a true warrior looks and sounds like.

    I think it’s important to convey the topic of feminism through different perspectives because it reaches wider audiences. Not everyone is up to date with what the Canadian Prime Minister thinks or what Emma Watson is saying at The united Nations. This reminds me, on a whole different level, of Amber Rose.

    Rose has recently created a buzz in the media about slut-shaming and empowering women by uniting them through marches and by taking her stance on social media.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/11-times-amber-rose-was-unapologetically-feminist_us_5625308fe4b02f6a900d2d57

    The above link provides some insight on what Rose has done in order to defend herself after constantly being attacked for her flaws and not distinguished on the various positive attributes she’s made to society.

    “The Amber Rose Foundation aims to “promote discussion about women’s rights and equality issues” by giving women a platform and a voice. The foundation organized the Amber Rose SlutWalk in October.”

  17. Anika

    All of these figures are extremely eloquent and brave for their feminist efforts. The #HeforShe campaign attracted my attention right away because I feel as though there is still a major misconception about feminism in the media. People still seem to forget that feminism is about EQUALITY, not women becoming superior to or dominant over men. Women are still oppressed more than men in the world, especially in some foreign countries, but men face their own gender identity challenges and inequalities as well. The media trope of feminists being “man haters” is false and damaging, while only further perpetuating the very inequalities that feminism aims to reduce. There is a really great video about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnJxqRLg9x0
    That’s why in particular I think that a) it is important to have public male feminist figures, like Justin Trideau and b) address male inequality as well as female, just as the #HeforShe campaign does.
    Another interesting link to check out is this interview between bell hooks and Emma Watson:
    http://www.papermag.com/emma-watson-bell-hooks-conversation-1609893784.html


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