It’s only fitting that the two linked up for an interview during which they discussed Yousafzai’s new documentary, He Named Me Malala, and of course … feminism.
"This word feminism, it has been a very tricky word," Yousafzai told Watson during the interview which followed a recent screening of her documentary.
She previously associated the word “feminism” with negative stereotypes, but after hearing Watson’s United Nations speech from last year, she realized there’s nothing bad about it.
"For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities," Watson said during her profound speech. "It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes."
Watson's HeForShe campaign advocates for men and boys to take an active role in the feminism movement and the fight for gender equality.
"I am a feminist and we all should be feminists because feminism is another word for equality," Yousafzai said during the interview.
The young women also touched on the point that male feminists are real. Yousafzai cites her father as a prime example.
“My father has set an example for all parents, for all men, that if we want equality, if we want equal rights for women, then men have to step forward,” she said.
Although Yousafzai doesn’t hold strong views on U.S. politics, she did say that a woman president is long overdue in America, to which she received applause from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Twitter.
The powerful interview shows that all hope is not lost for young women and girls being bombarded with sexism and misogyny in today's society. With strong role models like Watson and Yousafzi leading the way, there is surely a light at the end of the tunnel.
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