Seeking inspiration

Emma Watson launches her feminist book club

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English actress Emma Watson is part of a group of powerful women calling on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to erect a Suffragette statue in London (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

After asking followers on Twitter what the name of her new feminist book club should be, actress and gender equality activist Emma Watson settled on “Our Shared Shelf” — a suggestion from @emilyfabb. And she means business, because that same day she launched the official book club on Goodreads and announced the first book to read and discuss online: Gloria Steinem’s recent memoir, My Life on the Road, reflecting on the famous feminist journalist’s travels and activism.

Explaining why she wrote the book, the actress wrote: “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”

The rules are simple: Watson will pick one book per month, which will then be discussed every last week of the month on the group’s page, where the actress and UN #HeForShe ambassador will post a few questions and quotes to get things started. Anyone with a Goodreads account can sign up to join, and Watson has promised to invite some of her famous friends, such as Taylor Swift and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Twitter responded enthusiastically, and several other celebrities, including retired soccer player Abby Wambach, actor Sophia Bush and singer Kate Voegele, tweeted that they were eager to join the club. Those are going to be some pretty busy meetings!

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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