The fact that Emma Watson is a big proponent of female empowerment is, in itself, not new information. From breaking into the big time by playing one of our favorite strong female characters in literature to speaking out about the importance of quality education and women in leadership roles, to being appointed a UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and the face for its HeForShe initiative, Watson has been on point in terms of being an amazing role model for girls and women all over the world. We could truly go on about our love for her talent, eloquence, passion, and more for days.
And now, she is taking her support for gender equality in the workplace even further by backing a scholarship program for women in STEM at the Canadian University of Waterloo.
— HeForShe (@HeforShe) September 15, 2015
The University of Waterloo HeForShe IMPACT Scholarship will award $12,000 to six first-year female STEM (that’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students over the next four years. The university is one of 10 in the world involved in HeForShe’s IMPACT 10x10x10 Framework, and hopes by 2020 the program will have helped boost female enrollment in STEM outreach programs to 33 percent.
“With these scholarships, we have the chance to establish greater gender balance in STEM fields, ensuring that women offer relevant skills to future employers and have a solid path to both academic leadership positions and creative scientific careers,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women.