“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.” ~ Emma Watson, Actress

Summary: Movie star, advocator of gender equality, philanthropist, book lover and more! Emma Watson gained popularity by playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. From early adulthood, she has been an outspoken feminist, undertaking initiatives to eradicate gender inequality thereby empowering women. Through her HeForShe initiative she invited men across the globe to participate in uplifting women in their lives, stating that gender bias is as big of a problem for them as its for women.

Nationality: British

Industry: Entertainment & Philanthropy

Q: You have recently been hit back at critics who say you have betrayed your feminist ideals by posing for a “revealing” picture in Vanity Fair magazine, in which parts of your breasts were exposed. How do you respond to such comments? on theguardian.com

A: It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my breasts have to do with it. It’s very confusing. I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m just always just quietly stunned.”

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