Emma Watson has started a Feminist book club

The Actor/UN ambassador/feminism campaigner is encouraging women to get involved reading feminist material, and joining into open discussions.

In a world where celebrity seems to exist purely for its own sake, it’s a breath of fresh air to watch Emma Watson’s career develop.

Over the past few years, Watson has increasingly used her position in the public eye to raise awareness of women’s rights – and today, she occupies a position as a respected campaigner.

From being appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 to her more recent interview of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights activist Malala Yousafzi, Watson’s take on feminist is fresh, frank and at times moving.

(For those who want to know more, here’s the interview between Watson and Yousafzi, carried out at the start of the Into Film Festival in November.)

Now, Watson has moved to encourage women to engage more directly with the modern feminist movement – and each other – by launching a feminist book club.

In brief, the plan of the group is to get all the participants to read the same book – always with a feminist theme – during the first part of every month, then discuss it during the final week. Watson says that her aim is to get the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, to join the conversation too.

Launching the book club, Watson said:

“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…”

We’ll certainly be checking out the movement, and seeing what we can find out during the discussions. Will you be joining the club?

Find out more at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/179584-our-shared-shelf

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