International Women’s Day 2015: Girl Crush on Emma Watson

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Here at Victoria Road, we are a women-owned and -run business. We support women’s rights in every way possible, from sourcing from women-owned companies to living and working in our everyday lives in a way that lends support to this often overlooked topic. This past Sunday, the world came together to support International Women’s Day, and the result was beautiful. We saw the likes of many renowned celebrities using their position to bring attention to this day and what it stands for. One such notable woman who has really taken on this subject this year is Emma Watson. From her initial speech at the U.N., when the world started to take notice of what she had to say, to moving beyond being “Hermoine Granger”, Ms. Watson has grown into an intelligent and insightful young woman who has replanted this subject in the world’s discussion of life. Her manner of speaking and way of relaying her thoughts breathes vitality into this discussion, and pushes it forward. We are ardent supporters of the U.N. Goodwill ambassador, and her “call for men and women to unite in order to achieve gender equality.” See below some of her inspiring quotes from the past several years. *

On her HeForShe speech at the United Nations:

"Gender equality, historically has been predominantly a women's movement for women. But I think the impact of gender inequality and how it’s affecting men hasn’t really been addressed."

On why feminism is so important:
"Our society in general devalues the 'she' – qualities that are associated with the feminine that are found in all of us. As a result there’s this imbalance and this distortion and it’s hindering our progress."

What women want:
"We [women] just want to be included."

On why feminism has become a "dirty" word:
"People associate feminism with hate – with man hate – and that’s really negative. I don’t think that’s what feminism is about at all - it’s really positive. I think that’s why women became reluctant to use the word."

What feminism means in a nutshell:
"[Feminism is] equality: politically; culturally; socially; economically. That’s it, that simple."

And why men should use the word too:
"Men think it’s a women’s word. But what it means is that you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you. You’re a feminist. You’re a feminist. That’s it."

On her mother being a role model:
"[My mum] instilled in me, particularly in my teenage years, that what I was thinking and what I was doing and what I was saying were, ultimately, infinitely more important than my physical appearance. Even when the world was really telling me the contrary."

Why men and women need to work together:
"The human race is like a bird and it needs both wings to be able to fly. And, at the moment, one of is wings is clipped an we're never going to be able to fly as high."

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