By Sydney Fromm
Unless you've been living on Mars or in a bunker or maybe a under a rock, you should know by now how amazing Emma Watson is. She truly is Hermione Granger in muggle-form. Not only is she an amazing actress and all-around intelligent human being, but she's also an advocate for women around the world.
Her most recent project, Our Shared Shelf, is a feminist book club that you can find and join on Goodreads. Watson started the group in hopes to share the knowledge that she has been gaining from her position with the UN Women with people around the world.
It shouldn’t surprise us that the girl who played the bookish Hermione has started a book club. In fact it was such a hit that only one day after she suggested the idea on Twitter, she made it a reality. On Goodreads, members of the group can discuss literature that they have been reading. A book is chosen each month and members can then head to the group on the website and discuss the work during the last week of the month.
Our feminist queen posts questions to get everyone started, but each month the goal is to have an open discussion between the members. Watson has expressed the desire to have the author of the chosen work, or another prominent voice on the subject, joins the conversation when available.
The book for the month of March is All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks. Previous books include, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. In addition to discussions about the books that are being read, group members are encouraged to have discussions on a variety of other topics. A few topics that have been discussed thus far include: intersectionality, feminism in different countries, media and entertainment, LBGT topics, race and feminism, censorship and so much more.
If you're looking for an excuse to read more or just to better inform yourself, you should think about joining Our Shared Shelf. Because if we can’t join Hermione Granger in the fight for house elf rights, we might as well join Emma Watson in the fight for gender equality.
(Image via The Guardian)