Emma Watson Helped Malala Yousafzai Come To Terms With Calling Herself A Feminist

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Emma Watson has become the face of modern feminism in recent years.

After a couple of very inspiring speeches on the subject and last year's launch of the HeForShe campaign, Emma Watson and her work in the feminist movement has inspired many women and girls to push forward and break down walls.

To the list of most notable people to be inspired by Emma Watson can now be added activist and Taliban survivor Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai was, of course, shot in the face by Taliban operatives at 14 because she refused to stop going to school. They threatened the action because Malala is a girl and for no other reason.

Now, Malala has told her story, won a Nobel peace prize and inspired many, like Emma Watson herself.

Recently at the premiere of He Named Me Malala , a documentary about the Taliban attack and her life, Malala spoke to Emma Watson about her new-found comfort with the term "feminist".

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Malala Yousafzai said, "This word, feminism, it has been a very tricky word and when I heard it the first time, I heard some negative responses and some positive ones."

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She added, "I hesitated in saying am I a feminist or not and then after hearing your speech, when you said 'if not now, when? If not me, who?' I decided that there's no way and there's nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist, and I am a feminist."

What do you think about Emma Watson's ever-expanding influence in the world of feminism?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.