A new poll shows that almost a third of young women identify themselves as “feminist.”
This is an awesome news considering that it’s said to be thanks in part to gender equality campaigner Emma Watson. Emma has recently been chosen as the “most inspiring celebrity” out of a list of 43 A-listers. The list also includes Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Zayn Malik.
According to a survey of 1,000 teenagers conducted by ICM for the National Citizen Service, “feminist” is the most popular description for women (29%), more than “bookworm” (19%) or “sporty” (10%).
A great deal of the volunteers that participated in the study shared the Watson was one of their most influential role models when it came to feminism. They revealed to the researchers that they esteemed her for “using her fame” to champion gender equality.
“She uses the power and fame she gained from the Harry Potter series to speak about important issues like feminism,” a respondent shared.
Another one said: “She’s a big feminist. She frequently speaks out on sexism and other discrimination issues such as racism and homophobia, and what she says really inspires me.”
Natasha Kizzie, the NCS marketing director, allegedly said: “The rise of internet feminism and increasingly politically engaged youth has brought these issues to the forefront of the news agenda, and the ‘Emma Watson effect’: has done brilliant things for the cause.
“She inspires young people to never limit their expectations of what they can achieve on the basis of their gender. I am heartened by our findings, and I hope this increasing empowerment of young people continues,” she added.
The Harry Potter actress has spent a few years working with the HeForShe campaign. It is a solidarity initiative started by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Emma looks indefatigable when talking about the role of women in society. She mentioned Belle, her Disney character as an independent feminist in a kind of regressive fairy tale.
Watson even received Gloria Steinem’s seal of approval for the famous fictional role previously this year. Moreover, she took a part in the Women’s March on Washington.
The NCS survey also revealed that LGBT teens were more than three times as likely to pick the label “feminist” than heterosexual teens. More precisely, 40%percent compared to 13%.
In the meantime, only 5% of teenage boys that participated in the study chose the label “feminist.” The other participants chose the terms “gamer” (39%) and “intellectual” (25%) instead.
Again, we look to Gal Gadot recent comments about feminism: “Whoever is not a feminist, is a sexist”.