Emma Watson Pens Powerful Essay on Upcoming Election, Wants Women to Know They 'Have Real Power' to Change the Future
Emma Watson is done “sitting on the sidelines” this election and has some things to get off her chest.
The 26-year-old British actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador took to Twitter on Tuesday (October 25) to share her thoughts on the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
In the below essay, Emma shares why she believes it’s important for women to get out and vote and shares why she wishes she could get out and vote in the upcoming election.
“At times, politics may seem disillusioning, filled with rhetoric and smokescreens,” Emma begins. “However, regardless of our personal beliefs, it can’t be denied that the result of the upcoming US presidential election will have ripple effects around the world and impact, in one way or another, the lives of millions and millions of people.”
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“America is my second home. I have friends there that I think of as family. It has been excruciating to sit on the sidelines in the months leading up to this election. Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote. We know one of the most reliable indicators of peace and prosperity, nationally and globally, is not a country’s level of wealth, democracy or ethno-religious identity; but how well its women and girls are treated (‘Sex and World Peace’ by Valerie Hudson).”
“The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women about their rights as citizens. These decisions affect how young people form their ideas of gender.”
“These decisions will affect whether we believe equality is an idea that matters.”
“In 2014, I tweeted Desmund Tutu’s quote: “Men and boys, we show our manhood by how we treat our women”. The American I know and love know this. They know that they way a man treats women can’t be overlooked or brushed aside.”
“In the last US election, 70 million women cast ballots versus 60 million men Women, your vote could swing this election. Please go out and vote on the 8th of November. Read up on both sides of your state propositions (if you have any).”
“You have real power to decide the future generations to come.”