Actress Emma Watson, much like the characters she portrays on the big screen, loves reading books. In addition to being a bookworm, she’s also known for her humanitarian work and feminist activism. Watson has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so. In July 2014, she was also officially appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador.
So it only made sense 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!”
“The plan is to select and read a book every two months, then discuss the work and related topics together,” explains Watson. “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.”
Her book club is an open and welcome platform, promoted on Goodreads as well as a dedicated Instagram page. To become a member, all you need to do is register for an account and join the group’s page. “Everyone is welcome. I would be honored!” assures Watson.
So what are you waiting for? Take a page out of Watson’s book.