We need yin and yang, we need female representation, we need female leadership. Women have so much to offer. We are such an untapped part of this world. So much potential gets wasted because girls are not encouraged in the same way men are. We can achieve so much.
Emma Watson

Feminist and UN Women Ambassador of Goodwill, Emma Watson, was born on April 15, 1990 in France. After her parents divorced, her mom, brother and her moved to Oxfordshire where she studied acting at Stagecoach Theater Arts. She auditioned for the film Harry Potter film series and was chosen the role of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter’s best friend. She completed all 7 installments for 10 years and earned more than 10 million Francs.

Passionate about education, she visited Bangladesh and Zambia in 2014, encouraging girls to stay in school no matter what. She had her share of struggle pursuing her education growing up filming for the Harry Potter movie series. While on film set, she would be tutored for 5 hours daily. She took the GCSE school exams and achieved A grades. She then earned a degree in English Literature at Brown University and in between semesters filmed few movies.

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Gala event kicks off @UN_Women global #HeforShe campaign with @EmWatson – Photo by: UNWomen.org

As the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she has continuously advocated the importance of education amongst girls and strongly expressed her opinion that men should advocate gender equality because men and women should have equal rights and opportunity. In her speech at the UN headquarter in New York to launch the campaign HerforShe, she’s expressed her derision against gender-based assumptions.

For someone who’s earned more than enough for her lifetime, it’s highly admirable that Emma Watson chose to educate herself and consequently empower others. She has used her fame to influence young women to stay in school because she has done it successfully. She has used her ability to communicate and connect with people to put forth women empowerment.

She was fearless. She received death threats hours before her speech at the UN but none of it stopped her from telling the world that women should be given the same opportunity as men and that men should encourage women to find their strength and up their stance in the society.

Attributes: Fearless, Determination, Educated

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Learning and Culture Director at Stellar Philippines
Franelyn Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science & Leadership Blog Site at Leadership Genome Project. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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