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Listen Up, Ladies: Emma Watson Explains Why Your Vote Matters

‘You have real power’

Emma Watson may not be eligible to vote in the U.S. presidential election, but that doesn’t mean she’ll sit idly by.

The British actress and women’s rights activist shared a passionate post on Twitter this afternoon (October 25) encouraging women to head to the polls on November 8. “Women, your vote could swing this election,” she wrote, pointing out that in the last election, 70 million women voted compared to 60 million men.

“It has been excruciating to sit on the sidelines in the months leading up to this election,” she wrote. “Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote.”

Watson didn’t specifically endorse a particular candidate, but she did make indirect references to Republican nominee Donald Trump’s comments and alleged inappropriate behavior toward women.

“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,” she wrote. “These decisions affect how young people form their ideas of gender.”

Watson ended her message with a simple, powerful statement: “You have real power to decide the future of generations to come.”

Read Watson’s full message below.


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