Emma Watson celebrated Women's Day perfectly

Megan Davies
Photo credit: EmmaWatson / Twitter

From Digital Spy

Like Netflix, Wonder Woman, Madonna, Beyoncé, Coldplay and more, Emma Watson spent yesterday (March 8) celebrating International Women's Day and supporting some of her favourite women.

And because Emma Watson is a feminist, with her own feminist book club and a history of becoming a book fairy to share copies of her favourite books in cities across the world, of course she spent her International Women's Day sharing "wise women's words" in the form of books left at some of New York City's monuments to great women.

While Emma herself was based in New York for the day, book fairies the world over were sharing feminist books in honour of the occasion, with the actress's own journey taking her to places including the Harriet Tubman memorial, the Joan of Arc memorial, Gertrude Stein's statue and Eleanor Roosevelt's monument.

The shared books all feature on Emma's Our Shared Shelf book club list and among them are works by authors such as Caitlin Moran, Maya Angelou and Alice Walker.

Each book also contained a note from Emma herself wishing the finders a Happy International Women's Day and encouraging them to join in the discussion and pass the book on when they're done.

Emma's own feminist stance has been criticised this week by those believing she's a "feminist fraud" (ahem, Piers Morgan) for posing in a bolero with very little on underneath for a Vanity Fair photoshoot.

She has since responded to the claims, both in an interview and with a tweet that appears to be aimed at Piers Morgan's direct criticism as well.

"Feminism is about giving women choice," Emma told BBC News. "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.

"It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my tits have to do with it. It's very confusing."

Emma will next star in the highly-anticipated live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Emma has been open about how she gave Belle a feminist twist in the new film, with co-star Luke Evans also adding that the actress has turned Belle into a "strong, 21st-century woman".

Beauty and the Beast is released in the UK and the US on March 17.

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