PSA: Emma Watson kicked off 2016 by creating a feminist book club. I repeat, Emma Watson started a feminist book club.
First things first: Let’s brush up on our knowledge of feminism. It’s simple. To be a feminist is to believe in the progression of women’s rights in accordance with men’s. At its core, feminism is gender equality.
A United Nations Women Goodwill ambassador and spokesperson for the HeforShe campaign, Watson announced the news of her book club on Twitter, asking her followers for name suggestions. While many of the ideas brilliantly referenced Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, Watson settled on “Our Shared Shelf.” I don’t know about you, but the name itself makes me want to join in on the feminist fun.
So how exactly does a book club created by a starlet work? Easy – online. To become a member, all you have to do is create an account on Goodreads and join the group’s page. Our Shared Shelf already has over 72,000 members, including Sophia Bush and Kate Voegele.
On the group page, Watson explains, “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… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.”
Our Shared Shelf will select one book to read each month, followed by a discussion at the end of the month. Watson will kick-start the conversation with thought-provoking questions and quotes from the book, but expects it to become an open discussion amongst members. She even hopes for the author to join in on the group discussion.
Could this BE any cooler?
The first book is My Life on the Road, a new memoir by the ultimate feminist powerhouse, Gloria Steinem. Watson already began reading with a pen in hand and a cup of peppermint tea.
Our Shared Shelf is an opportunity for education. It is a chance to learn more about gender equality and connect with people around the world that believe in taking a stand for women’s rights. Let’s grab our own cup of peppermint tea and make a difference together. Oh and don’t worry – J.K. Rowling is already invited.