April 17, 2015

Emma Watson is among Time's Top 100

Ranking of the most influential people in the world, according to a poll of readers of the American magazine Time, headed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Voting was completed this morning.

Putin, scored 6,9% of the votes, almost on a par with him was a South Korean singer Lee Chae Rin from the group 2NE1. Third place went to a singer Lady Gaga, but it lags well behind the leaders with 2.6% of the vote.

The top ten also included Barbadian singer Rihanna, American country-pop singer Taylor Swift, British actress and model Emma Watson, Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, the Pakistani human rights activist, advocating for access to education for women worldwide Malala Yousafzai, American singer-songwriter and producer Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.

Pope Francis closed the top ten, collecting 1 5% of the vote.

Emma is part of the poll as one of the pioneers:

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Emma Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger would doubtless approve of her HeForShe campaign and its gutsy, smart take on feminism.

It’s especially refreshing to see men invited to join the fight for gender equality, as Watson pointedly did in launching the U.N. effort last fall, telling the men that it’s “your issue too.”

It’s also refreshing to see her vigorous embrace of feminism, which Watson defines as “the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” And apparently she lives by it. Although she is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she has spoken out about the paucity of female directors in Hollywood.

Watson was only 9 when she auditioned for the part of Hermione, and she appeared in every Harry Potter film to the end. She followed Hogwarts with a degree in English literature from Brown University.

Her HeForShe speech at Davos was an Internet sensation, but unsurprisingly, it drew the typical antifeminist rants and even some threats. Watson chose to highlight the moving letters she has received from fathers who tell her they are investing new hope in the future for their daughters. But she was also frank about the bullying tactics of her detractors and one site that made an empty threat to release nude photos. Her confident and cool reaction: “If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.”

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