Our Shared Shelf – A Feminist Book Club

Emma Watson's badass book club gives you some great suggestions!

I began discovering my feminist side early last year. I was following Emma Watson on Facebook, and Instagram, and ardently listening to her speeches about women’s rights. So I was especially excited when she announced that she was starting a book club last year.

Emma Watson’s book club, Our Shared Shelf, recommends books by women about women’s rights and feminism. In addition to expanding your mind and giving you a good look at what women have been doing and saying, it also gives you plenty of room to discuss, share and learn.

The first book on the platform was My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem. I had already heard about Gloria Steinem and read up about her, but this book was absolutely fascinating. It took us through her life, and her work with feminists and how that affected her life. It was not a theoretical book, but that’s what made it so interesting and such a perfect book to begin with. It made me feel like anyone could do great things, anyone could be a feminist.

With every book I read, I began to learn a little more about what it was to be a feminist. While the genre of each book was different (some were fiction, some were non-fiction, some were plays etc) they all had a new perspective on women’s rights and women’s lives.

Here are a few of my favourite books from the list:

My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem

As a beginner this book is great. It’s written very well. Gloria Steinem is a feminist icon, but her story is relatable and I felt inspired by her story.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This book is so beautiful that it had me in tears. It’s written beautifully and takes you on a journey with the protagonist. I was incredibly moved by this book.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

I had read Marjane’s Satrapi when I was younger but I took the opportunity to read it again.  This one particularly caught my eye because it’s a graphic novel. The illustrations are simple and yet incredible, and the story itself is revolutionary. It’s definitely worth a read.

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

The most heart-warming thing about this book is that it’s about a mother and daughter relationship. It does this without getting preachy or extra emotional. The simple language gets you hooked.

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

The Vagina Monolgues is actually a play and explores many different aspects of women’s sexuality and vaginas. This play was revolutionary because it normalised the word vagina (at the time, vagina couldn’t be printed or said in media). What I loved about this book was how it uses real people’s stories and experiences in order to bring to light some of the more subtle nuances of women’s sexuality.

 

So what are you waiting for? Join Our Shared Shelf now!

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