Emma Watson—actress, vocal feminist, UN Global Good Will Ambassador and person who probably doesn't lie awake at night wondering "what have I done with my life?"—made a powerful short video called "Hurdles."
Warning: may cause goose bumps.
It's about how many obstacles women have overcome, in sports and society at large. She shared the video on Twitter this weekend with a short note, "Excited to show you this small film I helped make. Hope it gets you going!" (It did.)
"Women and girls have always faced hurdles," she says in the video, which includes footage of female Olympians jumping literal hurdles. "But that's never stopped us."
The video also displays important markers of progress in women's rights, like the passing of the Equal Pay Act, and the many areas in which women have made tremendous progress, including sports.
For example, there were no women in the first Olympics. That has obviously changed. As you may remember, this past summer women OWNED the Olympics. Mostly Leslie Jones, but other women too. Like Simone freaking Biles.
We still have a ways to go, as the video points out, and it ends with Watson calling for "equality, now."
This may not be enough to end sexism across the world, but it sure made me feel powerful and optimistic, which is a lot for a Monday.