Emma Watson has always been a dedicated lover of literature, but only during the past year has her passion for books grown to reach countless others across the world. I’ve shared with you a list of all the books she’s recommended thus far, though the following works of feminist literature are ones she holds extra dear to her heart.
1. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Moran has been a longtime contributor for The Times and she is often known for her rambunctious humor and true honesty. Emma has only had nice things to say about the English author: “Caitlin Moran is an English hero of mine who I think you need to know. I read How To Be a Woman on a plane from London to New York and I laughed out loud and cried so much I think the whole of my cabin, airline staff included, thought I was losing my mind.” (source)
2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Told in graphic novel form, Persepolis tells the story of Satrapi from when she was growing up in a dysfunctional home, to battling the complexity and truths of becoming a grown woman. Emma spoke about why she believes this one is an important read: “As Iran enters another important period of change, with relations re-opening with much of the world, I think this is a particularly good time to pick up Persepolis. Satrapi’s deceptively simple, almost whimsical drawings belie the seriousness and rich complexity of her story – but it’s also very funny too.”
3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This timeless story won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and there’s no second questioning why. Walker’s novel chronicles the lives of blank women in the Deep South during the 1930s and the heavy struggles they faced through the face of racism, sexism, and womanhood. Emma has also heard nothing but wonderful things about this story: “I’ve heard amazing things about this book from a person that I trust. The musical is currently on Broadway (starring Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks) and a film was made of the book in 1985 by Steven Spielberg. It was Oprah Winfrey’s film debut and introduced Whoopi Goldberg (I love both of these women). I’m excited to read it and maybe do some watching too.”
4. My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem
Steinem’s presence in the women’s rights movement is nothing short of inspirational. In her memoir, she paints a vivid picture of the obstacles and pains she’s had to endure as a woman in her life, as well as the soul-searching issues why she’s continued to persevere and speak out for women everywhere through the decades. No quote about Emma’s direct comments on this one, but if it’s high on her recommendation list, I’d say it embodies everything the actress stands for.
5. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Everything that women have been told they can’t do, say, think about, have opinions on, is completely challenged in Ensler’s classic, which was also a very successful stage play. Get ready to do much more than burn your bras in protest with this one. Emma explains the prominence behind the powerful book: “This book isn’t strictly just a book – it’s a play that became a political movement that became a world-wide phenomenon. Just say the title The Vagina Monologues and, even now, twenty years after Eve Ensler first performed her ground-breaking show, the words feel radical.”
These are just a place to start if you’re wanting to really learn about feminism and why we should all be 100% behind it. Do you know of any more great books that discuss feminist ideas? Share your suggestions below!
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