- Emma is Huffington Post's 50th Most Influential Woman on Twitter
In celebration of the fact that women are dominating social media, The Huffington Post UK is publishing a list of the 100 most influential women globally on the social network today.
Influence is not just about followers: it's about how much you engage with other people to make an impact.
First, we ranked the top women based on their 'influence' (a score out of 1,000 ranking the likelihood that someone will trust a Twitter user and act upon their posts). We then filtered based on their 'outreach' (how active they are on Twitter, hence Beyoncé's 'outreach' score is a pitiful zero) and finally sorted each segment by the number of followers. Only verified accounts were considered.
- Emma among Cosmopolitan's "Internet's Most Fascinating People":
Until last year, Emma Watson was most famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies — an intrepid, witty girl with exhaustive knowledge of pretty much everything. This past fall, Watson did her smart-girl alter ego right when she gave a stirring speech at the UN on the importance of feminism and the value of male feminists.
That speech, which kicked off the launch of UN Women's #HeForShe campaign in September 2014 — Watson is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador — catapulted the already-famous actress into the realm of feminism, politics, and social change. Suddenly, Watson wasn't just the young woman being a fictional feminist character — she was a real-life feminist using her large platform to contribute to the international conversation on women's rights. And she did it by focusing on men.
"Men," Watson said in her speech, "I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too."
Watson outlined many of the ways our cultural adherence to traditional gender roles harms men too: The time fathers spend with their children isn't considered as important as the time mothers spend; men are afraid asking for help makes them look weak and end up committing suicide at extraordinarily high rates; men aren't given the full ability to be sensitive and emotional. She wasn't the first feminist to focus on men; feminist activists, male and female, have been doing that for decades. But she was one of the first very famous young women to make the case that feminism is good for men too.