- Emma is among The Guardian's "New Year's Honours"
Watson’s views on the subject of gender equality may not be at the cutting edge of radical thought. And the UN goodwill ambassador’s other identity as a high-fashion wearing, photocall-posing, red-carpet glamour icon troubles some. But for the cause of mainstreaming feminism and enlightened attitudes to gender, she has achieved far more than anyone would have expected of a former child star. “I think it is right that women be involved, on my behalf, in the policies and the decisions that will affect my life,” the 25-year-old actor told the UN last year. “It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.”