Emma Watson begins feminist book club


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Watson acted in movies such as the Harry Potter series and Perks of Being a Wallflower. However, in recent years she has taken up a leadership role with the UN Women’s Ambassadors. Her HeForShe speech went viral.

Actress, women’s rights activist, and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson announced through twitter she will begin a book club focusing of feminist literature in hopes of continuing her work promoting feminism.

Last year, Watson made headlines for her UN speech where she urged men to and women alike to join together to fight for women’s rights. Here, she introduced HeForShe, a solidarity movement for gender equality which received a huge response world wide.

Watson said “We need yin and yang. We need that balance. We need female representation. We need female leadership…if you believe in equality, you’re a feminist,”

Hoping to include her followers, Watson asked for suggestions for the book club’s name via twitter. After lots of deliberation, Watson settled on the name Our Shared Shelves.

Watson said “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I could get my hands on… I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too,”

The first book is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, a feminist activist, and eventually Watson will put up questions on the clubs page for people to discuss and share their thoughts on the book.