Emma Watson is best known for playing smart, charming women in films, from Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series to Belle in Disney’s live action remake of The Beauty and the Beast. The award-winning actress is also a powerful activist for gender equality on and off the silver screen.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Watson took over National Geographic’s Instagram account, selecting images that showcase the outstanding photographic contributions of eight women photographers.
The highlighted posts address a variety of global issues, including the recently rescinded ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, and unequal pay for women day laborers in the brick industry in India.
“Women photographers are often under-represented and under-celebrated,” Watson says, “I am thrilled to mark this day by profiling the talented female story-tellers and image-makers that are working hard to build empathy across borders.”