Emma Watson’s “Our Shared Shelf”


As Elle reports, HeForShe spokesperson Emma Watson is starting a new feminist book club! You can pick up the first book, My Life on the Road, here. Check out the book club on Goodreads!

As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering! I’ve been discovering so much that, at times, I’ve felt like my head was about to explode… I decided to start a Feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.


New Chrome App Helps Women Stop Saying “Just” and “Sorry” in Emails



With her company’s new Chrome browser extension, Reiss has put a bull’s-eye on the tempering words and phrases—just, I think, sorry—that clutter up her emails, undermine her authority, and dilute her leadership capacity. Before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Reiss wants to get 10,000 other women to pledge to ban these words from their emails, too.

The Just Not Sorry extension, which is downloadable at the Chrome app store, underlines self-demeaning phrases like “I’m no expert” and qualifying words like “actually” in red in Gmail like they’re spelling errors. Hover your mouse over the red words, and you’ll see explanatory quotes from women like Tara Mohr (“‘Just’ demeans what you have to say. ‘Just’ shrinks your power.”) and Sylvia Ann Hewlett (“Using sorry frequently undermines your gravitas and makes you appear unfit for leadership.”).


Hello, world! (We’ve arrived.)


Welcome to HeForShe at Columbia University’s new blog! Put your feet up and get cozy.

HeForShe is a gender equality campaign launched by UN Women. Our goal is to recruit men to take action against the inequalities faced by women and girls. What inequality are we talking about?

In 2008, Stop Street Harassment conducted an online survey. They found that nearly 81 percent of female respondents were the target of sexually explicit comments from an unknown man.

 According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn.

Only 20 out of 100 senators are female. Only 84 out of 435 representatives are female.

So we still have work to do.

During the past two semesters, we’ve held three events. We’ve discussed gender constraints in the workplace and sexual violence on campus. We’re excited to recruit new members in Spring 2016.

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Best Wishes,
Sarah Whittenburg
Columbia University, Class of 2016