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Back when I was in school I was always told that I needed Hermione Granger’s time turner so I could do all the things I wanted to do, as I found that there wasn’t enough time in my day! This has not changed! I’m auditioning, singing, writing, producing, hosting women and film events, and volunteering for non for profits. I wish I was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and not only because I’m an Actor and it was a role of a lifetime for Actress Emma Watson, but because it gave her the ability to voice her feminist and egalitarian views to millions of people around the world; where people would sit up and listen to the issues of Gender Equality and her platform and partnership with the United Nations.
Yes, I’m a Feminist:
When I say that I am feminist, I get some people giving me a high-five, some showing me their feminist slogans on their t-shirts, celebratory grins, and some questioned looks…
I still have no idea why these puzzling expressions come across their faces, feminism is simply equality between women and men. And who doesn’t want that?!!
feminism is simply equality between women and men
Since the initiation of the HeforShe Campaign I have been an avid ambassador of this great organization formed by Emma Watson, and not only because she is British, but because they fight for Gender Equality.
What is HeForShe’s Mission? :
“The world is at a turning point. People everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. They know it’s not just a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. And when these powerful voices are heard, they will change the world. The time for that change is now.
HeForShe is inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality. And it starts by taking action right now to create a gender equal world”
Gender Equality Campaign:
It is bringing women and men together and stating that all men should be supporting women in creating an equal world. It is a team effort, and we need more FeMENists in this world (hope you like this play on words!) But seriously aren’t you fed up of not being paid the same as your male co-worker! We need men to also realize this issue and fight with us.
We too have a voice:
As an Actor and a Singer bringing women to the forefront is all I strive to do, and show that we are equal to men, we are artists but most importantly we are just people. I am a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and involved with many of their committees, an avid reader and huge supporter of Women and Hollywood blog written by Melissa Silverstein, a contributor for this amazing news/media network Like A Boss Girls, and now I’m currently in pre-production of a new Music Media Series featuring my all female band and production team called “Stronger With Music” (expect posts on this soon!)
From 2016-2017 I was a Co-Director of the Fusion Film Festival that celebrates and promotes Women in Film TV and New Media, and just back in September we brought several of our female filmmaker award winners to Creative Artist Agency for screenings and a networking reception, giving them a platform to speak about their work and let their voices be heard!
As a Tisch and NYU graduate, I also support the NYU Women’s Initiative which has been held at the United Nations, National Opera Center, to just name a few. It was empowering to be in the UN building, where HeForShe was formed and the UN Women Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality ignited to take action!
Take Action, don’t stand on the side lines:
I’m asking if you are reading this article, YOU CAN BE THE CHANGE.
We should be standing together to fight for equality! I’m HeForShe and you should be.