Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thank you, Emma.

Thank you for being a role model for everyone in our generation, especially us girls. Thank you for playing a strong, emotional, brave, loving, smart, funny, and supportive female character in a movie series that changed our generation. Thank you for not only doing that with grace but also graduating from one of the top universities in the U.S. Thank you for not letting anyone tell you what it means to be a girl and a woman. 

Lastly, thank you for making this speech (also written out in full here).

Some of my favorites quotes from the speech above are:

"For the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes."
"When at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word."
"No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones."
"Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I've seen my father's role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother's."
"My mentors didn't assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day."
 "I've seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don't have the benefits of equality, either."
"We don't want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don't have to be aggressive, women won't be compelled to be submissive. If men don't need to control, women won't have to be controlled."
"If not me, who? If not now, when?"

1 comment:

  1. I love this. What a speech! She certainly is a much need role model for her generation. Thanks for posting this!