Earlier this year, Emma Watson started her own feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf, announcing Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road as its first selection. The club has since amassed more than 100,000 members on Goodreads, including some famous fans like Sophia Bush, and Watson has announced two additions: The Color Purple by Alice Walker and All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks.
Of course, there are so many more great feminist books than just these three, as Watson and her fellow HeForShe supporters know. That’s why Watson, actor Forest Whitaker, and other gender equality advocates kicked off the HeForShe Arts Week by recommending their favorite feminist books, films, and plays.
Watson spoke on behalf of her latest Our Shared Shelf addition, All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks, and her fellow U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker recommended Consciousness Speaks: Conversations with Ramesh S. Balker.
Other notable HeForShe advocates ventured toward film and stage for their recommendations. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, sung the praises of the Oscar-winning documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness. Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York City, recommends the one-woman show MotherStruck!, written and performed by Staceyann Chin. Finally, Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater in New York City, spoke on behalf of Eclipsed, a play created and performed entirely by women — one being Lupita Nyong’o.
For more recommendations, check out EW’s picks for a feminist book club of our own.