Whether you’re getting behind our feminist resolutions or looking to get stuck into a new book, it’s time to get started. What better way than with the help of Emma Watson? The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and frontwoman of the He for She movement has announced the launch of her own feminist book club.
Hi Team, ❤ I want to start a feminist book club but so far have only brainstormed ‘Feminist Book Club’ and ‘Emma Watson Book Club’.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 6, 2016
Along with the excitement, pleas to join, and more, Watson turned to Twitter to help her name the novel club. There were some great (and not so great) suggestions, including ‘S.P.E.W Society for the Promotion of Empowered Women’, ‘Authors and Activists’, ‘Watson Your Bookshelf’, ‘Read for She’ and more, before settling on ‘Our Shared Shelf’.
I’ve decided to go with ‘Our Shared Shelf’. @emilyfabb – I absolutely loved this. Thank you, thank you x
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 7, 2016
How do I join?
The question you are all asking. How do I join? Well you will be pleased to know that there is an open invitation. Simply head to GoodReads and join the group to get started. There Watson posted the following message:
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… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.
The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). 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 I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.
If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!
For those who aren’t familiar with GoodReads, it’s free to sign up, discover book reccommendations, and join discussions with friends or public groups like this one.
What will we be reading?
The first book announced for the club is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, fellow feminist writer and activist.
— Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) January 7, 2016
Steinem’s memoir was published in October by Random House, becoming a New York Times Bestseller and claiming the title of one of the best books of the year from multiple publications. My Life on the Road follows Steinhem’s lifetime of travel and social activism.
— Random House (@randomhouse) October 29, 2015
So grab your copy, start reading, and get ready to join in the worldwide discussion!
Think you’ve got a good feminist find for the club? Leave your suggestions in the comments below or tweet us @KettleMag!