Emma Watson, the actor perhaps best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter
film franchise, has been making headlines
since her graduation in May from Brown University. First, she was named the United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador—and when she tweeted the news to her then-13.6 million followers, they promptly crashed the UN Women's website.
Now, after departing from the silver screen to become a worldwide feminist icon, Watson has delivered an impassioned speech at UN Headquarters in New York to launch the HeForShe
campaign, which seeks to engage men and boys in a global conversation about sex and gender equality.
During her nearly 15-minute-long speech, she outlined what the HeForShe campaign hopes to achieve, but she also had pointed remarks regarding misconceptions about feminism and the urgency of taking gender and sex issues seriously.
"Why has the word [feminism] become such an uncomfortable one?" she asked. "No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality."
In Idaho, equality is a major issue, the seriousness of which is embodied by women's earnings across the state. In the most recent figures provided by the Idaho Department of Labor, the median annual income for an Idaho man is $33,623. The median annual income for a woman is $21,908—the lowest in the nation.