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Much like the character she plays in the revamped Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson is a book lover at heart. Not only was Watson spotted planting books in both the London Underground and the New York City subway, the actress also started a feminist book club, "Our Shared Shelf," back in January 2016.
"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," says Watson of her club. "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." Below, shop Watson's top three picks on female empowerment, leadership, and wisdom:
As one of America's feminist icons, Gloria Steinem's new book chronicles her life as an activist and writer. It's a poignant read on the women's rights movement as well as an inspiring account of the activist's life.
Watson's current read is a fascinating text exploring the myths and stories surrounding the wild woman archetype. Author Clarissa Pinkola Estes hopes to help women reconnect with the "healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes" of their personalities.
This hilarious award-winning play chronicles different aspects of the female experience, using women's poignant stories as a vehicle. The New York Times once called it "the most important piece of political theater of the last decade."
Head over to Goodreads for the rest of Watson's book recommendations, and tell us, are you seeing Beauty and the Beast this weekend?