“Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum instead of two opposing sets of ideals.” In the image, Emma Watson, 12, at the world premiere in London of Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber (2002).
“I feel like young girls are told they have to be a princess, and be delicate and fragile, and that’s bulls**t.” In the image, Watson during the premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
” If I was going to be a princess, I’d be a warrior princess, definitely.” Here, Watson at 14 years old during the presentation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) in London.
“I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.” Pictured Watson, 15 years old at the London premiere of the film Wedding Crashers (2005).
“Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive. And it’s not like that at all.” The photo belongs to the California premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Watson was 17 years old.
“When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscly’. When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings. I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me.” The image belongs to the presentation of the Burberry Spring/Summer 2010 collection at London Fashion Week (2009). Watson was 19 years old.
“I do not want to embody the ideal of Hollywood actress. I don’t have perfect teeth. I’m not stick thin.” In the picture, Watson, 21, on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards in 2011.
“My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume that I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day. These influences were the gender equality ambassadors that made me who I am today. They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists that are changing the world today.” Watson, 21, at the presentation of the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2011).
“Sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.” In the picture, Watson at the premiere of the movie Gravity (2013) in New York.
“If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.” In the photograph, the actress at the party after the feminist event HeForShe in New York (2014). She was 24 years old.
“Feminism has become confused as hatred of men, but by definition it is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” Watson with her BAFTA for best British artist of the year (2014).
“Gender equality is also a problem for men, we will not be a healthy society until discrimination against women is over.” In the image, Watson, aged 24, with her British Style Award at the British Fashion Awards (2014).
“I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men.” The actress poses on the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards 2014. She was 24 years old.
“When it is well seen that men are those who stay at home taking care of children, things will change for women as a natural consequence.” In the image, the actress at the 2014 Oscars ceremony.
“I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice, so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.” The actress at the premiere of the film Noah (2014) in London.
“Don’t ever hear in your own head, ‘Who am I to say something?’ You are human. You are a person, you can 100 percent change the world. Be brave.” In the photo, Watson, aged 24, about to enter the program Late Show With David Letterman in New York (2014).
” I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.” Emma Watson, 25, at the Time 100 gala, dedicated to the most influential people in the world (2015).
“I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that will affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.” In the image, the actress walks around London with her current partner, the computer scientist William ‘Mack’ Knight (2016).
“The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.” In the image, Watson at the presentation of the film City of Joy (2016).
“Feminism is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. It’s quite simple to understand.” In the photo, the actress at the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017.
“The more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.” Watson at the launch of the film Beauty and the Beast in London on 23 February 2017.
“Men think it’s a woman’s word, but what it means is that if you believe in equality, and if you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist.” In the picture, the actress at the Asian premiere of Beauty and the Beast in Shanghai on 27 February 2017.