Emma Watson starts feminist book group

LONDON • Harry Potter actress and feminism campaigner Emma Watson said she is starting a feminist book group on Twitter, called Our Shared Shelf.

The goodwill ambassador for United Nations Women and figurehead of the gender equality campaign HeForShe, tweeted on Thursday that she wanted to start the book club, with her request for suggested names for the group sparking a flurry of responses.

Suggestions included Wats Up Fems and Watson Your Shelf. She announced that she "absolutely loved" Twitter user @emilyfabb's suggestion, Our Shared Shelf.

Retired American footballer Abby Wambach, actor Sophia Bush and singer Kate Voegele have tweeted they would join the club, with Watson agreeing to ask Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and singer Taylor Swift to join in.

The first book may have been chosen: when Wambach asked for nominations, Watson elected American feminist Gloria Steinem's latest memoir, My Life On The Road, a collection of reflections on her life and activism that The Guardian called "illuminating".

Actress Reese Witherspoon also runs a book club on Instagram and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his bi-weekly book club in 2014.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2016, with the headline 'Emma Watson starts feminist book group'. Print Edition | Subscribe