Sample English Essays on Emma Watson’s Speech on Gender Inequality

A great speech normally affects the audience because of its words, body language, varying emotions, and voice tones. The famous speech delivered by Emma Watson on 20 September 2014, dubbed “HeForShe” at the United Nations, captures the effects of a great speech that encapsulates the three verbal and non-verbal cues.

I realized that Emma Watson was using audience appeals, proper word diction, and repetition to argue about gender inequality in the world and called upon both men and women to take action. Emma Watson says, “Today we are launching A campaign called HeForShe. I am reaching out to you because we need your help. We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved…” (United Nations 1:12/13:15). This is an appeal, and it is used to grab everyone’ attention so that they can listen. Also, the use of “we” makes everyone feel involved in what she wanted to say.

In delivering her speech, I have noticed Emma Watson uses some negative words to explain the bad experiences both men and women undergo due to gender inequality but, at the same time, slots in positive words describing the changes that will be witnessed if gender equity is fought against. I have realized that her speech rate keeps varying between slow and fast, and vice versa, as people applaud her. She maintains a serious tone all through except that moment she asks the audience, “Who is this Harry Potter girl?” (9:57/13:15). Despite using some serious lines, she uses more encouraging language as she progresses with the speech. Her facial expressions are mobile, and she maintains eye contact with her audience except when she has to pick points from the paper (United Nations 7:35/13:15). However, at some point, she is nervous. Her words were so powerful and well-thought. The message in her speech clearly communicated the kind of preparation that went into the speech.


Works Cited

United Nations. “Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video.” YouTube, United Nations, 22 Sept. 2014,