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Our Shared Shelf began as an online feminist book club, founded and run by Emma Watson and housed on Goodreads. I fell in love with the idea of a community of readers learning together through feminist books and discussions. But the online-only nature of the group left me wanting more.

As Gloria Steinem wrote in My Life On the Road (the first book the group read): "the miraculous but impersonal internet is not enough. ...nothing can replace being in the same space. ...In them, we discover we're not alone, we learn from one another, and so we keep going toward shared goals."

I started this Meetup group in that spirit. We still read the bi-monthly book selections from the Goodreads group, and we read additional books as well. We read everything from memoirs and novels to collections of essays and research. The focus is always on gender and the ways it impacts and shapes us, in conjunction with other social forces.

Everyone is welcome to join -- let's gather to share our thoughts on these inspiring books, and learn from each other's perspectives. Looking forward to sharing ideas!

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