This past weekend, the MTV Movie and TV Award became the first award show to present gender-neutral awards. In accepting these groundbreaking awards, Emma Watson and Millie Bobby Brown made history! The awards could not have gone to more deserving young women who have demonstrated their devotion to feminism of camera.
Emma Watson accepted the award for Best Actor in a Movie for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Watson has long been an advocate for equality. The UN has appointed her as the Global Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women. Since 2014, she has also played a vital role in the He for She campaign, which aims to involve men and boys in the drive of gender equality.
“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different for everyone, but to me it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories. Empathy and the ability to use your imagination should have no limits.” – Watson
For her role as Eleven in Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown was awarded Best Actor in a Show. Toping off her stylish look, Brown sported a ACLU ribbon to pledge her support for human rights. Fans saw her raw emotions as she teared up during her acceptance speech. Later, Brown stated, “I broke down in my speech. Like, what is that? I’m supposed to be tough!” In my opinion, this young girl’s authenticity demonstrated her true strength.
At the young age of 13, Brown has already established herself as a feminist. Brown has participated in the Malala Fund’s #YesAllGirl’s initiative which aims to provide quality education to girls all over the world. For her role in Stranger Things, she defied gender stereotypes by shaving her head, stating “my hair isn’t my everything.”
With these awards, the entertainment industry has moved us all forward one large step towards gender equality. Let’s continue to pledge our support!
Preppy and Periwinkle will soon be launching a new #WCW campaign. We look forward to highlighting women of diverse backgrounds doing great work in their fields and communities. Do you know an incredible woman that could inspire us all? Nominate her today.
Until next time,