Emma Watson Asks Twitter to Help Name Her Feminist Book Club


Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has launched a public brainstorm session on Twitter for help naming her new feminist book club.

On Wednesday, the 25-year-old British actress and United Nations goodwill ambassador announced her intention to start a “feminist book club,” but said she was having trouble coming up with names.

“I am almost certain there is a more inspiring name out there,” the actress followed up in another tweet. “Does anyone have any thoughts?!”

Suggestions for names began pouring in. Actress Sophia Bush quickly expressed her desire to join the club and suggested names like “She for She” and “We for She,” takeoffs of Watson’s “He for She” feminist activism campaign.

Other suggestions included “You Read Like a Girl,” “The E-Dub Club,” and “Emma Watson’s Ultimate X Super Storm Explosion of Doom Book Club.”

After a few hours of deliberation, Watson announced the winner:

Watson is known for being nearly as studious as her on-screen bookworm counterpart Hermione Granger. The actress and activist graduated from Brown University last year with a degree in English Literature and has starred in film adaptations of several popular books, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower and this year’s upcoming film The Circle.

In September 2014, the actress delivered a rousing 10-minute speech on gender inequality at the UN, where she launched the “He For She” campaign, an initiative that recruits men and boys as advocates for gender equality.

“I want men to take this mantle so their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too, and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves,” Watson said at the time. “Men – I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.”

As for the new book club’s first selection, Watson may have already made her pick: feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s new book, My Life on the Road.

Watson added that she would “definitely” invite Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to be a member of the club.


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