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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (tmristheday) Realised that I did not see an introduction post and thought it would be interesting to get to know everyone.

The rules are this:
1. Tell us some basic information about yourself eg your name, where you are from.
2. Share why you join this book club and what you hope to achieve
3. Comment on the post above yours to spread the love!

I will start first!

Hi all! I am Jessica, a 25 years old female from Singapore.

I am a huge fan of Emma Watson and admire her so much for her work with the UN. Equality is a cause close to my heart and I hope to do my part for it.

I love to read. Reading helps me to learn more about the world. It is my first resource whenever I want to know something. Hence, this book club is right up my alley! I hope that this twelve months of reading would help me to learn more about feminism and find out how I can play my part.

Nice to meet all of you and I look forward to more discussion with all of you :)

message 2: by Erin (new)

Erin Hi Jessica, it's great to meet you! I've never been to Singapore.

My name is Erin, and my birthday is Tuesday! I'll be 39.

I joined the group because I am getting ready to graduate with my MA in English, and I have noticed that all throughout college, I have paid particular interest to the women in the literature I was reading. I've read some great books that were enhanced by taking a feminist perspective at analyzing them and I'm hoping to gain even more perspective by reading some things I might not have been exposed to otherwise.

message 3: by Meghan (new)

Meghan (meghankm) | 1 comments Hello everyone!

I'm Meghan, 22 years old, and I'm from Canada.

I joined this book club because I love reading and discussing what I've read, and I also consider myself a feminist. A feminist book club sounds like just my thing!

I want to thank Emma for putting this together, and I'm so excited to start on our first book!

message 4: by Sowmya (new)

Sowmya Sundaram | 2 comments Hi all!

My name is Sowmya. I'm from India. I'm 24 years old. As for my work, I am a PhD research scholar.

I'm a feminist and I love reading. I have a lot of ideas about feminism and the need for equality. I thought it would be interesting to see how my ideas tally with those around the world. Also, I'm always on the lookout for how I can practically help other women.

So let's start our wonderful journey :)

message 5: by Denise (new)

Denise | 1 comments Hi there! My name is Denise and I'm from Canada. I've been a huge fan of Emma since the first Harry Potter movie and admire her so much for her work with the UN.
I'm a huge bookworm. I can never go a day without reading, and I'm hoping this group will introduce me to books I wouldn't normally pull off the shelf (I read almost exclusively fantasy). I'm excited!

message 6: by Phyncke (new)

Phyncke | 8 comments Hey everyone - Jane here from Berkeley, CA. I am 50 years old and very excited about this book group. I have lived in California for 21 years and work in event planning for a major university. I have very eclectic reading tastes but look forward to reading feminist writings.

I am happy to join this book group and look forward to participating. Thanks to Emma for starting this!

message 7: by Diana (new)

Diana | 1 comments Hi everyone!
My name is Diana. I am from the United States and I am 20 years old. I'm a huge fan of Emma and I really want to make it a goal to start reading more. In addition, I hope to learn more about feminism by reading these books that Emma will recommend.
Nice to meet all of you! :)

message 8: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Bailey | 1 comments I'm Kelly, and I'm from the US. Hoping to get my daughter to join the club. I love to read, but I don't do enough of it. I think that Emma Watson is an amazing young woman, so even if I don't get to finish the book, I'd like to see what she's got to say.

message 9: by mary (new)

mary (housepotter) | 3 comments Hi, my name is Maryan but I'm called Mary for short. I'm 21 and from California (USA), currently in my 4th year of university.

I am a massive fan of Emma and all that she does, so I had to join her club the instant she announced it. I'm a strong believer in equality for all, regardless of what your identity is, and I love that Emma advocates for the same belief.

I love reading so much and have been wanting to expand the books I read to be more inclusive of stories that illustrate the messages I believe in! It's something I have wanted to do for a while and this will help me get started and keep track of it.

I can't wait to be active and to be part of this group. Glad to see it get traction so fast. :) it will be lots of fun and a great way to continuously learn.

message 10: by Georgia (new)

Georgia | 1 comments Hi Ladies

My name is Georgia, I'm almost 23 and I live in Melbourne Australia.

Equality is a cause I am very passionate about! I also love to read! So when I saw this pop up in my news feed I had to join. I can't wait to be able to expand my knowledge and understanding of feminism and to be able to share it with everyone involved.

I'm heading out to get the first book right now :)

Happy reading!

message 11: by Nicole (new)

Nicole O'Neill (nicolealexoneill) Hi everyone!

SO excited about this book club/all these books! My name's Nicole and I'm from Cape Town, South Africa.

I'm constantly in awe of feminist talkers, the ones I have watched thus far in my life, and getting involved in the world of feminist writing and books sounds exactly like the kind of journey I should be on in 2016.

All the best, everyone. And thanks, Emma! X

message 12: by Nicole (new)

Nicole O'Neill (nicolealexoneill) Hi everyone!

SO excited about this book club/all these books! My name's Nicole and I'm from Cape Town, South Africa.

I'm constantly in awe of feminist talkers, the ones I have watched thus far in my life, and getting involved in the world of feminist writing and books sounds exactly like the kind of journey I should be on in 2016.

All the best, everyone. And thanks, Emma! X

message 13: by Jey (new)

Jey | 1 comments Hi everybody!
I'm Jayashree, 23 years old, and I'm from Singapore.
I've always considered myself a feminist, and am very eager to discuss ideas about the same! Also, am a huge bookworm, and reading excites me like nothing else. :)

message 14: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Chester (jace11c) | 0 comments Hello! I'm Jordan, 17, from the U.S.

I was so excited to find out about this book club, as I've been wanting to get into some more feminist-y stuff for a while now.

With this I hope to read lots of books from a diverse crowd of authors, and to have some great discussions about them!

message 15: by hillary (new)

hillary (anunderlyingholy) Hello everyone! My name is Hillary. I'm 22 years old and currently living in Toronto, Canada. I'm originally from Vancouver but I moved out here for work as a writer. I joined this club because one of my New Year's resolutions is to read more books. Once I learned about this book club I knew I had to join. Hopefully I stick with my goal and actually read the books. Nice to meet everyone!

message 16: by Isabela (new)

Isabela (isi13) Hi, everyone!

My name is Isabela and I'm from São Paulo, Brazil.

One of my biggest resolutions for 2016 (and the next years to come) is to learn more about feminism, and joining the club seems the perfect way to achieve that.

I'm very excited about this :)

message 17: by Lynaea (new)

Lynaea Filbey | 1 comments The rules are this:

Hi everyone! My name is Lynaea (super hard to pronounce I know, but just as if it was Linnéa haha). Anyways, I'm from British Columbia, Canada (pleasantly surprised to see so many Canadian's already in this chat!). I am in my final year of High school in the IB Diploma Program.

I joined this book club because I'm a proud feminist, and I absolutely adore how Emma has used her fame to help bring equality to all, so I really wanted to support her, all while discussing two things that are important to me (feminism and literature) with others. I also realized that last year I did not read nearly as much as I wish I had, so this seemed like a perfect way to start off my 2016!

So excited for this to get started!

message 18: by Kach (new)

Kach Gatdula (kachg) | 2 comments Hello Jessica and Erin!

I'm Kach Gatdula, 21 years old and from Manila, Philippines.

Like Jessica, I'm a fan of Emma Watson's and her work for the UN has truly inspired me. I joined this book club because I want to learn more about feminism and equality. I know that there's more that I could learn regarding this topic, not just through the literary works we'll be reading but also through the insights of the people joining this club.

toreadforpleasure | 5 comments Hello everyone,

My name is Alex, I am 24 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia.

I am a social worker and therefore very passionate about social justice and human rights. Looking forward to reading these books alongside everyone and discussing issues (and hopefully triumphs) from various cultures and societies using a feminist perspective.

message 20: by LisaHD (new)

LisaHD | 1 comments Hi all! I'm Lisa: 25 year old bookworm from Chicago, USA.

I joined this groups because, like everyone else here, I am a huge fan of Emma Watson-- especially all the work she is doing with the UN and HeForShe Campaign.

I also am a huge reader and am always looking for new books to fall in love with.

Happy reading all!

message 21: by Locovilly (new)

Locovilly | 31 comments Hi,im Lana.
27 y.o russian, living in Germany. I ve been searching for a good feminist read suggestions for long time, and im happy that i found this club. I hope i will learn alot new with you all and Emma.

message 22: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 1 comments Hey ladies, I'm Hannah and I'm 18 and currently living in Hamilton Canada.
I'm excited to hear everyone's opinions and I'm open minded to new ways of thinking. Can't wait!

message 23: by Trishia (new)

Trishia (sothisistrishia) | 2 comments Hi everyone! :)

I'm Trishia, 23 years old, from the Philippines. I joined this book club because I wanted to start reading more books this year. Ever since I started working, I haven't been able to read that much (and I'm lagging behind my to-read list) so I think this would help me with achieving that goal. Hopefully.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learn about books, literature, and lots of other things from you. :)

message 24: by Mariah Mathusek (new)

Mariah Mathusek (mariahmathusek) | 4 comments Hi everyone! So fun reading everyone's stories about why they're here and what they hope to accomplish!

I'm Mariah! I'm 24 and live in Chicago, IL.

I'm always always always looking for new books to read. I'll read just about anything, but brownie points if it's something inspirational, moving, and makes me cry (I cry very easily and a lot). When I heard Emma was starting a feminist book club, I was thrilled. What's better than reading content filled with ideals and beliefs that I'm so incredibly passionate about?! And to top it all off, getting to share this on such a grand scale with so many amazing women! I can't wait for the fun that surely lies ahead!

message 25: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Salutations to all you lovely people!

I'm Meredith. I'm 26 and I live in Northern California. I'm excited to have an opportunity to broaden my horizons and my understanding of feminism and all its meanings and applications. I look forward to having some thoughtful discussions with like-minded individuals on the themes of feminism and equality.

So nice to meet everyone and see where you're from! The world is truly a much smaller place with the help of the internet. :)

message 26: by Romy (new)

Romy Hi all!

I'm Romy, I'm from Canada (South Africa, originally), and I am 16 years old.

I joined this because I've always been a huge fan of both Emma and Harry Potter! I love reading, and I hope to broaden my perspective on feminism, society, and gender via this book club.

I'm in complete awe of feminist presenters, scholars, and writers, and I aspire to learn from them! I'm incredibly excited and can't wait to start reading!

It's wonderful to meet all of you, and thanks to Emma for organising this!

message 27: by Valérie (new)

Valérie Ariane | 1 comments Hi pals! I'm Val, 23 year old from Canada! I am a recent social work graduate looking to rekindle my love of books, and when I saw Emma's tweets on starting a feminist book club, I was so excited! I really look forward to making some more feminist friends, and also to broaden my feminist lens. I can't wait to start!

message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hutchcraft | 1 comments Hi, I'm Sarah.

I'm 24 and I live in Austin, TX.

Reading is one of my passions, like poetry and writing. With two young daughters I tend to start books and not finish them but my goal is to read through each of these books and join in the discussion of these wonderful topics. Also, I'd like to be able to share things with my daughters about feminism so they understand why Mommy gets so riled up about certain things!

message 29: by Jack (new)

Jack Hagler | 2 comments Hi everyone!
thanks for starting this introduction section.
I'm Jack Harbeson Hagler, I'm 20 years old, and I am a Social Activist studying Public Relations at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, USA.
I've been an Emma Watson fan for a long time, and I'm am advocate for social justice, so needless to say I am a feminist. I'm excited to push the envelope and challenge myself with materials that come through the book club.

message 30: by Rhiannon (new)

Rhiannon | 9 comments I know the rules said to comment on the post prior to mine, but honestly I cannot keep up with this flood of replies (which is a good thing)! So instead I shall say, you all seem like loving well meaning people and I'm glad to be in this community of readers interested in learning more about feminism.

My name is Rhiannon, and I'm nearly 20 years old and in college in the USA. I go to an all women's college so I'm surrounded by feminist literature so hopefully it won't be terribly difficult for me to acquire the books! ;)

I joined the club because one of the things I'd been hunting for on Goodreads was a club just like this - devoted to feminist readings! I'm excited, albeit a little anxious about trying to read so much during my studies, but anything worth doing makes you a little nervous right?

message 31: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hansen (onlybyhisgrace) | 2 comments Hi All!!

I thought this would be a great place to get to know people and discuss important topics.

My name is Nancy, I am 52 (finally playing with a full deck), I am a mother to 14, grandmother to 9, I believe that feminism is all about doing what you love and what you are able to do... no boxes of any sort wanted.

Looking forward to many discussions.

message 32: by Alexx (last edited Jan 07, 2016 07:27PM) (new)

Alexx | 5 comments Wow so many comments already! Hi I'm Alexx, I'm from the United States (Florida).
I'm currently 19 years old and I've joined this group because of my passions for reading, feminism, and Emma Watson!
I have many friends that really don't understand my need to be a feminist or throw jokes around about me being a feminazi.
I'm really looking forward to this community and being able to talk freely to others about equality and to have educated conversations about books. I can't wait! :)

message 33: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3 comments Hello! my name is Jessica, I'm 19 years old, and I live in Colorado in the United States of America. I wanted to join this book club because I am a huge fan of Emma, books, and feminism.

message 34: by Debb (new)

Debb Adams Hi! My name is Debb and I'm a 44 year old Middle School Theatre Teacher in Lexington, South Carolina, USA.

I've always been an avid reader and strive to inspire my students to be--so much so that I need some book discussion with folks older than 13! :) (I would not give up the early-adolescent discussions for anything, though.) I am also striving to be a good feminist role model for all of my students.

I also want to hear thoughts and perspectives from people in places other than in my little patch of North America. I'm so excited to see not only people from all of the USA, but all from Germany (Lana right above my post), Singapore, South Africa, Canada, and I'm sure there will be more! So exciting!

message 35: by Raymond (new)

Raymond Dean | 1 comments Look at all this love!

Well my name is Raymond and I'm. Cisgender gay male. I've focused my studies on gender and sexual identity and have always wanted to see and hear more of the current topics of discussion in feminism and see others points of view on it.

Lovely opportunity as well with so much coverage via Emma. It's awesome to see the internet working for you rather then spreading things against you. Much love from Seattle WA.

message 36: by Julia (new)

Julia Hor-Meyll Alvares Hi there! My name is Julia, I'm 21 and I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I consider myself a feminist, but I realized I haven't read anything about feminism theory, nor have I read any books about feminism and gender equality. I thought this book club would be a nice place to start reading on those topics. I'm also excited to read more works written by women!

It's really nice to meet you all! Also, thank you, Emma, for creating such a wonderful environment for everyone to learn together.

Happy reading, everyone! x

message 37: by Gabriella (new)

Gabriella  Ezeani | 1 comments Hi everyone, I'm from Nigeria but currently studying Law in the Uk. I'm currently 19 years old and I joined this group because I love reading, I love equality and I want to understand the concept more.

message 38: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle Rosenthal | 1 comments Hi I'm Gab! I'm 18 from New Jersey, U.S.

I joined this because it seemed like the perfect combination of things I love - books, feminism, Emma Watson, and lots of amazing new people!

message 39: by Jen (new)

Jen Jurss | 2 comments My name is Jennifer. I am 31 and live in Sydney Australia. Excited to join this group to broaden my reading horizon in the company of so many well read women!

message 40: by Alexandro (new)

Alexandro Madroño | 1 comments hi, i am Alexander, and values ​​that are educated from childhood ?

message 41: by Pauline (new)

Pauline (pvroa) | 1 comments Hello!!!
I Am Pauline, 18 years old, an engineering student from the Philippines.
I joined this group because I love reading, it's like a breather after all the stress I get from studying engineering. And I love Emma Watson and her work with UN.
Looking forward to great discussions that will be done by this community. :)

message 42: by Aschely (new)

Aschely | 1 comments Hi, I'm Aschely.

I'm from Palm Beach, Florida and I'm an English/Creative Writing major attempting to write a novel. I joined this bookclub because I've always wanted to join one and I can not think of a better first choice than to join a club brought about by someone I so admire. I'm a serial reader and I'm really looking forward to reading and discussing with you!

message 43: by Deepthy (new)

Deepthy (devilishdeepz) | 1 comments Hey everyone,

Wow, so many diverse backgrounds and so many interesting people already! This is going to be awesome :)

I'm Deepthy, 26 years old from India. I joined this group because I love reading anything and everything, write a lot as well and love to meet and discuss new ideas and topics with people.

I've seen a lot of gender inequality and incorrect perceptions during my travels around the world (and I really, really love to travel everywhere as well) and I'm hoping to learn more from the books I read and the people I meet here to change the world we live in..... one small bit at a time :)

message 44: by Gladyfaith (new)

Gladyfaith | 3 comments Hello, everyone! It's wonderful to meet you all!

My name is Gladyfaith. I was born in the Philippines and raised in a desert town in Arizona.

Over the past few years my interest in learning more about feminism and intersectionality has been growing, and this book club seems like a perfect opportunity to achieve that. After getting a degree in illustration, I've been thinking about storytelling, underrepresented voices, and ways we can pave easier paths for those voices to be heard. I don't have any answers yet, but I know I'll certainly grow from the shared experiences in this group.

message 45: by Crystal (last edited Jan 07, 2016 07:28PM) (new)

Crystal Ramirez | 1 comments My name is Crystal Ramirez. I live in the heart of the city; Manhattan, New York. I am joining this book club because as a sophomore college student I registered for a couple of women studies classes and was introduced to the feminist view and found it remarkable. This topic is of utmost importance to me - equality is something we should all become involved in. It is an important topic to shed light on and teach our younger generations.

The history of feminism is incredibly interesting to me. I loved learning about the societies that women had in the past and how they grew in number. Each step made by the strength of women in the past has put us in the position we are in today. Without our past leaders we could not have made future leaders and this is why I am apart of Emma Watson's inspirational club!

bell hooks is my FAVORITE writer ever! she was truly amazing. I am so delighted to see EMMA MET HER! Congrats.

"Sisters are doing it for themselves." - Eurythmics

message 46: by Christine (new)

Christine Bingham My name is Christine, and I am a 36 year old living in Nashville, Tennessee. I didn't consider myself a feminist until I found myself constantly having to explain the experiences of women to my male boss in a commercial construction company. I have encountered a lot of reasons to be more vocal not just about equality but also about our differences and how those differences shape us. I look forward to reading about others' perspectives!

message 47: by Sewina (new)

Sewina | 1 comments Hi, I'm Sewina from Canada! I'm 24 and work in food safety.

I'm hoping to pick up my old reading habit. Looking forward to months of discovering new books. Emma's library should be quite interesting!

message 48: by Amy (new)

Amy | 2 comments Hello,
I am Amy and from the Denver, CO area. I am interested in reading more about empowered women. Looking forward to the selections.

message 49: by Deanne (new)

Deanne James | 1 comments Hi everyone! My name is Deanne (Dee), 38 years old, from the outer suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Mum of 2, Uni student, work part time.

Passionate about reading, music, art, people and our planet. Joined because I wanted to part of a strong, like-minded group and to gain more knowledge.

Looking forward to learning, growing and laughing with you all!

message 50: by Baileigh (new)

Baileigh Tolar | 4 comments Hi there! I'm Baileigh, I'm 18 years old (a senior in high school) and I'm from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I joined this book club because I'm a feminist and I want nothing more than to immerse myself completely into this cause. What we're doing here is so important. Let's change the world and educate others! :) x

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