Are you on “Our Shared Shelf”?

Image of Emma Watson and illustration overlay of pile of books saying "Our Shared Shelf"

Earlier this year 25-year-old Emma Watson, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and British Actress, started a feminist book club open to anyone and everyone who wants to join. She announced the club will be named “Our Shared Shelf”, and books will be announced and meetings conducted through a group on Goodreads.


Watson announced her inspiration for starting the club on the Goodreads page:

Dear Readers, 

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! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too. 

The plan is to select and read a book every month, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). 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.

If you fancy it, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. I would be honoured!

Emma x


How do I join?

It is really easy to become a member of the group! All you need to do is register for an account on, and join the group “Our Shared Shelf“.

The first book has already been announced by Watson, and it is “My Life on the Road”, a memoir by writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader Gloria Steinem.

Feminism is for everyone! So let’s get reading on “Our Shared Shelf”!

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