Emma Watson Forms Feminist Book Club


Sanika Nayak, World News Editor

Harry Potter’s Emma Watson has carried her fight for feminism into the new year. The star announced on Jan. 7 that she is forming a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. The book club will be centered on stories and essays about equality and female empowerment.

Joining the club is extremely easy – simply create a Goodreads account, through which you can then join Our Shared Shelf. Watson has chosen My Life on the Road by feminist activist Gloria Steinem as the book club’s first undertaking. Discussions for each book will take place at the end of the month to allow for reading time. Watson herself will be joining the discussion, and has already participated in the conversation, commenting on Goodreads, “Who has their copy? Just put my name, where I bought the book and the date in the front of mine! I am so excited! I’m reading it with a pen in hand so I can do some underlining and margin writing.” Watson has stated that she would also like to have the book’s author join the discussion whenever possible.

Watson has taken to Twitter and invited fellow celebs J.K. Rowling and Taylor Swift to take part in the book club. Former One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush has proclaimed her support for Watson, saying, “It always excites me when I find like-minded women in this industry who are working to uplift women.”

Here are some other fantastic books we would love to see Our Shared Shelf read next: