If Americans were surprised at the kind of presidential election this has been, it has perhaps been even more puzzling for those following this race from afar. From the highest echelons of politics — President Obama has said world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump — to regular folks, other countries are watching the U.S. election with a sense of bewilderment. On Tuesday, Emma Watson herself chimed in on Twitter, sharing an open letter urging American women to vote.
Acknowledging the impact that the election result will have on people around the world, Watson emphasized the role of women in society and how the next president will change that for better or worse.
"We know one of the most reliable indicators of peace and prosperity, nationally and globally, is not a country's level of wealth, democracy, or ethno-religious identity; but how well its women and girls are treated," Watson wrote. "The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women and about their rights as citizens. These decisions affect how young people form their ideas of gender."
Watson added that she wished she could vote in this election and that it has been "excruciating" to sit on the sidelines and watch. The turns that this election has taken have mobilized many women to speak out against Donald Trump. There have been a number of campaigns touting female voters' political clout that aim to encourage women to cast their ballots on Nov. 8.
As a vocal proponent of women's rights, and as one of the first celebrities to really make the term "feminist" go mainstream, Watson made a similar plea:
In the last U.S. election, 70 million women cast ballots versus 60 million men. Women, your vote could swing this election. Please go out and vote on the 8th of November... You have real power to decide the future of generations to come.
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