Perspectives

This part of the study guide is designed to give you a broader perspective on the “HeForShe Speech” by Emma Watson by looking at aspects related to current issues, society, topics, and other relevant speeche…

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Current issues

Delivered in 2014, the speech is still relevant three years later because of several factors. First of all, the UN Women Campaign is still ongoing today, having over 1 million of boys and men engaged in promoting women’s rights.

Secondly, the issues related to gender inequality that Emma Watson discusses in her speech are still present. What is more, in some cases, like the US, we have seen a worsening of the situation. For example, it is believed that some of the failure of Hila…

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Societal and thematic perspectives

Gender inequality and traditional gender roles are primarily social problems. They affect or influence how society functions and, in this way, they can have consequences in other areas such as the economy and politics. 

However, the problem starts—as Emma Watson points out—from t…

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Textual perspective

When analysing Emma Watson’s speech, we encourage you to also listen to Hillary Clinton’s 1995 speech on women’s rights mentioned by Watson and reflect on similarities and differences between…

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