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Emma Watson And A Year Of Reading, Feminism And Not Acting

While Harry Potter is coming to a bookstore close to us this summer, the star of the movie franchise, Emma Watson who translated Hermione Granger onto screen, is taking a year off from acting. The young actress plans to use this time to focus on self-development, read books and dedicate more of her efforts towards her work as the UN Ambassador for HeforShe. Her plans for the year include to finish reading a book every week and share her reading list with A Shared Shelf, her feminist book club. In an interview, Watson explained how she came to this decision. “I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading,” she told Paper magazine. “That I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.” Watson said that instead of going back to school, she wants to “listen to as many different women in the world as I can.” “I’m on my journey with this and it might change, but I can tell you that what is really liberating and empowering me through being involved in feminism is that for me the biggest liberation has been that so much of the self-critiquing is gone,” she said.  

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