Emma Watson only just announced she was starting a feminist book club last week, and she already has over 75,000 members on Goodreads; including, like Sophia Bush, Gloria Steinem, and soccer star Abby Wambach.
Though The Cut came up with some pretty humorous names, Watson settled on Twitter user @emilyfabb’s suggestion of Our Shared Shelf.
“It is my belief that there is a greater understanding than ever that women need to be equal participants in our homes, in our societies, in our governments, and in our work places,” Watson said. “Women share this planet 50/50 and they are under-represented, their potential astonishingly untapped.”
Watson has already decided that the inaugural book will be….drumroll please…Gloria Steinem’s latest memoir, My Life on the Road.
Emma Watson’s decision to launch her book club is a great way to get other women involved and learning about women’s issues, which inspired me to write about the feminist books I’m planning to read in 2016. I hope they encourage you to jump on the feminist book-club train if you already haven’t; all aboard!
1. Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay (currently reading and loving)
2. My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem
3. Feminism is for Everybody – Bell Books
4. The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf
5. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
6. The Birth of the Pill – Jonathan Eig
7. Half the Sky – Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
8. #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso
9. The New Feminist Agenda – Madelein D. Kunin
10. Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
11. Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti
12. The Purity Myth – Jessica Valenti
13. Backlash – Susan Faludi
14. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15. Men Explain Things To Me – Rebecca Solnit
16. Unfinished Business – Anne Marie Slaughter
17. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
18. What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? – Marianne Schnall
19. The Woman I Wanted to Be – Diane von Furstenburg
20. Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Photo Credit – Feminism is for Everyone
Photo Credit – Emma Watson with book