Emma Watson’s speech to the UN shows the need for #HeForShe involvement in fight for gender equity

I’m a white male, raised in a mostly conservative environment. Coming from this perspective, growing up I felt like feminists were the crazy ones; always grasping for some phantom inequality that just didn’t seem to be there–at least from my point of view.

It felt to me like equality already existed. Now, some of the inequality is painstakingly obvious. For example, I read on the Daily Kos that when boys and girls are 7 years old, around 30% of them want to be president of the United States. But, by the time those kids reach the age of 15, a huge gap emerges between the number of girls and the number of boys who still see a future for themselves as president. It’s because of realities like this that I can appreciate the speech Emma Watson gave for the HeForShe campaign, because I realize it’s my issue too.

“Men don’t have the benefits of equality either,” Watson explains. “We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are. And that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.” That’s why this campaign is something we all–men and women together–can fight for.

See more of Watson’s speech to the U.N. headquarters in New York City: