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Emma Watson includes The Handmaid's Tale on her list for top feminist literature


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The UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador has put together a list of ten books essential for feminist literature, including The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid’s Tale follows the character of Offred, who is a “handmaid”—a woman assigned to bear children for couples who are unable to conceive themselves—set in the near-future of totalitarian New England. It presents a world in which these women have their freedom restricted. It has gained more attention lately due to being adapted into a TV series for Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss.

According to iNews, Watson writes, “Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale over thirty years ago now, but it is a book that has never stopped fascinating readers because it articulates so vividly what it feels like for a woman to lose power over her own body.”

Watson runs an online feminist book club, called ‘Our Shared Self’, dedicated to reading and sharing books and essays revolving around equality. The club is run through Goodreads and is open to anyone who would like to join.


Watson’s full top 10 feminist literature picks include:


The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem


Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler


Persepolis: The Story of Childhood by Marjane Satrapi


Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou


Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés


The Color Purple by Alice Walker


How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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