The topic of the “HeForShe Speech” by Emma Watson is gender inequality. Discussing this broad topic, the speaker also touches upon issues like feminism, traditional gender roles, and women’s right…


Gender inequality

Gender inequality refers to the unequal treatment or perceptions of men and women because of their gender. Gender inequality is a result of differences in socially constructed gender roles (how women and men are expected to behave).

Gender inequality is explored by the speaker when she talks about women being paid less the men, being respected less, or being ignored in matters of politics: “But sadly I can say that ther…



Argumentation refers to the way the speaker conveys her points, ideas, and arguments. Throughout most of the speech, Emma Watson uses direct argumentation. This means that she clearly expresses her arguments and the conclusions she wishes the audience to draw. This is visible in the many instances she uses the conjunction ‘because’ (10 times in the speech), like in the following examples:

And if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it. Because not all women have been afforded the same rights…

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