If you only know Emma Watson for her acting, then you are seriously missing out.
In the past few years, Emma Watson has become a leader for the modern-day feminist movement. In September 2014, she launched a gender equality campaign at the UN called #heforshe which currently has hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide.
In addition to being an all-around amazing and accomplished woman, Watson has started a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. The club has officially read three books so far, and each one is incredibly honest and empowering.
My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
An autobiography of one of the greatest modern feminists, Gloria Steinem writes about her life, from a constantly traveling childhood to a wild, funny, and inspiring adulthood full of campaign trails, social activism, and incredible people. Told in first-person anecdotes, Steinem offers a unique and profound account of the second wave feminist movement.
The Color Purple | Alice Walker
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, this widely acclaimed novel tells a heartbreaking and startling story of abuse, class struggles, racial tensions, sexual identification, and above all, female strength in the face of adversity.
This is not an easy book to read. It’s heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, soul-searching, and it will change your life.
All About Love: New Visions | Bell Hooks
In this thought provoking book, Hooks writes about how our predetermined ideas of how to give and receive love are misguided, and instead offers a way of living that challenges these cultural ideals. Hooks argues that love is real and can be realized, if only we break the cycle, love ourselves first, and challenge the too often accepted standards for both men and women.
Looking for more great feminist books to read? Follow Our Shared Shelf for monthly updates from Emma Watson herself, or check out the awesome suggestions made by other book club members.
We hope you love these books as much as we did! Happy reading!