Emma Watson wants us all to read more feminist literature.
The Harry Potter star and UN goodwill ambassador announced Wednesday via Twitter that she wants to start a “feminist book club” and called for suggestions of names. Having nixed her own ideas of “Feminist Book Club” and “Emma Watson Book Club,” she asked her followers for “a more inspiring name.”
The following day, Watson chose the name “Our Shared Shelf”, which was proposed by one of her 20.4 million followers. Other suggestions included “Watson Your Shelf” and “We For She” as a nod to Watson’s role as the spokeswoman for the UN’s gender equality campaign HeForShe.
Female celebrities quickly jumped on board, including retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach, actress Sophia Bush, and Girls creator Lena Dunham. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem also joined in the conversation, suggesting that the group meet in person as well as digitally.
The first book? Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road, which Watson put on the shelf of her virtual Goodreads bookshelf. “I’m reading it with a pen in hand so I can do some underlining and margin writing,” she wrote on the site. “Time to make a cup of peppermint tea! It’s only two weeks until the last week of this month (e.g discussion time)… Got to get reading!”
Watson’s plan is to select and read a book every month, using the last week of the month for discussion among the book club members (that is to say, anyone). As she wrote Goodreads: “If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!”