Hurdles

Emma Watson shares her stirring 2-minute film about equality for women

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Emma Watson attends the Empire State Building lighting for International Women's Day 2016 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Fierce U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson has released a new, short video entitled Hurdles — narrated by her and featuring Sia’s hit song “Chandelier” as its backing track.

Featuring footage from the women’s 100 meter hurdles at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the 2-minute film swiftly unpacks the impediments women have overcome in the continuing battle for equal rights — from the inclusion of women on the electoral rolls in New Zealand in 1893, to the U.S. Equal Pay Act of 1963 and increased access to education and political representation.

But the battle is far from won, and the obstacles women still face are considerable, Watson reminds us —  including the scourges of violence, child marriage and the millions of girls still out of school. “The race is still on, every day of every year of our lives, but we will cross the finishing line,” says Watson. “No one can stop us.”

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