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‘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. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! 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.’ /Emma Watson, actress, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador/

The Club chooses a book for the month and it is being discussed vie Goodreads, Instagram and Twitter.

The book club’s current list includes novels like:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
The Door by Magda Szabó
Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Feminism’s goal is to establish the same opportunities for women that are provided for men. Equality is the key. The feminist movement started back in the 19th century with the sufragettes who fought for women’s right to vote. Then Simone de Beauvoir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis followed. Today’s activists include Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court justice, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Watson.

By discussing the current situation of women, Emma started a long and rocky conversation. She encourages people to get to know more about equality and feminism in a good way. By hiding books on the streets of London, by doing interviews with iconic women such as Gloria Steinem and Malala Yousafzai or by bringing Marai Larasi, the executive director of Imkaan to the Golden Globe as her date.

Wish there were more famous people like her who use their popularity for good.

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Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Who is Margaret Atwood?
The Canadian writer was born in 1939 and is mostly famous for her novel, The handmaid’s tale which was published in 1985. The feminist activist also has poems, short stories and children’s books. She received many acknowledgements including Man Booker Prize.

What is The Handmaid’s Tale about?
The story takes place in a dystopian world called Gilead. Everyone has his or her cast in Gilead and has to follow serious rules. Men are office-holder or soldiers while women are wives, housekeepers or handmaids. A serious disease spread trough Gilead that caused infertility among men which resulted in worshiping fertility. Women who already proved their fruitfulness have to bear children of the commanders.

Why did I like this book?
If I would have to sum this book up I would say it slaps you in the face. And it slaps you very hard. The reason for that is because all the things happening in the book are happening to women every day right now. Having to be silent, not being allowed to use our abilities, being seen as a walking uterus or even being raped… I hope that confronting people with the truth will make them think more about their behavior and decisions. And decisions might lead to change in the future…
This story is about power, hope and at the end, life.

The Handmaid’s Tale series
Hulu released a series based on the book in 2017. A wonderful actress, Elisabeth Moss playes the main role of June Osborne / Offred and Joseph Fiennes is Commander Waterford. Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel also appears in the series playing a heartbreaking role which earned her an Emmy Award. The series currently has 2 seasons but 1 more is coming soon.