For some time now, actress Emma Watson has been promoting women’s rights. In July 2014, she was also officially appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia along the way. It’s little wonder that she was placed on the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, with former New York Times editor Jill Abramson commending her “gutsy, smart take on feminism.”
But apart from being a celebrated actress, a humanitarian, and feminist, Watson is also quite the bookworm. So it only made sense that she chose to combine both her passion for reading and activism by starting her own book club. “I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too,” said Watson. “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!”
Her book club is an open platform, promoted on Goodreads as well as having its own dedicated Instagram page. To become a member, all you need to do is register for an account and join the group’s page.
“The plan is to select and read a book every two months, then discuss the work and related topics together,” Watson explains. “I will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but I would love for this to grow into an open discussion with and between you all.” Whenever possible, authors or other prominent voices on the subject join in the conversation.
So why not join in yourself?