If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer. And this is what HeForShe is about. It's about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle. | Emma Watson
Ever since UN Women's Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson launched the HeForShe campaign in her inspiring speech on gender equality, Twitter's been blowing up with support from thousands of men around the world. Many celebrities have joined in the fight, and Refinery29 made a fun little calendar to spread the pro-equality sentiment. I don't know about you, but I've gotta get myself a copy... If only for one (or two) of the men who who happened to make the cut. (I'm looking at you, Mr. September. And of course, Tom Hiddleston. Swoon!)
What did you think of Miss Watson's speech? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the whole HeForShe campaign, good or bad. :)
Update (9/29/14): I loved Emma Watson's message as much as the next girl (if you couldn't already tell), but I think the writer of this article from TIME makes an important point that women are not the only victims of sexism. She argues that obtaining true gender equality will require going a step further to protect both women AND men from harmful biases: "In the industrial democracies of North America and Europe, the revolution in women’s rights over the past century has been a stunning success—and, while there is still work to be done, it must include the other side of that revolution. Not 'he for she,' but 'She and he for us.'" All very interesting, no?