Emily Blunt: “Women can move mountains when given a chance”
Emily Blunt became one of the ambassadors of the Power of Women event in New York organized by Variety on April 14. In her speech, the beautiful actress affirmed the education of the girls was the key to change the matter.
After recounting daily conversations with her 4-year-old daughter, Hazel, about what she learned in school, the actress said she learns from her children. “They yearn to learn, they crave it,” she said of her daughters. “They are lucky enough — and as was I and as were most girls that I knew growing up — that your dreams were never going to fall on deaf ears, and that your thoughts and voice mattered and could make a difference.”
Emily Blunt made a touching statement about the power of women when given the chance. Photo: Getty.
Then, Emily Blunt praised the work of the Malala Fund, the nonprofit funded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, in 2013. Malala Yousafzai has “the most compassionate of hearts, but courage and will of steel.”
Blunt urged lawmakers to take action to help young girls denied an education.
“There are over 130 million girls missing out on an education because they have to work or they are married by the age 12 or they lack access to school facilities or have to care for younger siblings,” she said.
When given a chance, Blunt said women can move mountains.
“If women are given a voice, they use it. When they are handed the purse strings, the communities thrive. When they are given a job, they flourish. They organize better. They galvanize more passionately and they are more likely to encourage peace where peace should be the priority,” she said.
Blunt most recently starred in her husband John Krasinski’s directorial debut, “A Quiet Place,” which received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Later this year, Blunt will appear in “Mary Poppins Returns” alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda. Her “Mary Poppins” co-star Emily Mortimer introduced her at the event.
Blunt starred in her husband John Krasinski’s directorial debut, “A Quiet Place”.
When she isn’t onscreen, Blunt, along with Krasinski, works to draw attention to and raise money for the Malala Fund. The fund hopes to give girls around the world the ability to have 12 years of education — schooling that is free, safe, and of quality.
“From the first time we met, I knew Emily would be a great friend to me and to all girls fighting for their education,” Yousafzai told Variety for this week’s Power of Women issue. “I am so grateful for her ability to see the faces of millions of girls in her own daughters.”
By: Christina Baker