If any NYC women didn’t have a great day yesterday — we’re guessing there were more than a few completely shellshocked following the result of Tuesday’s presidential election — they may have found some small comfort in the form of an inspirational book, courtesy of an equally inspirational woman.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson left copies of late civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s autobiography Mom & Me & Mom throughout the New York subway system for commuters to find and enjoy. The move was in partnership with Books On The Subway, a free-form grassroots book exchange and part of Watson’s feminist book club Our Shared Shelf. NYC wasn’t the only city to benefit. Last week, the former Harry Potter star traveled around the London underground to do the same.
Watson shared proof of her mission on her Instagram account.
One photo showed her placing a copy of the book into the cranny of a pillar at the 23rd Street subway station.
The actress also made it clear the significance of the date was not lost on her, tweeting “Today I am going to deliver Maya Angelou books to the New York subway. Then I am going to fight even harder for all the things I believe in.”
A passionate campaigner for equal rights and in particular the HeForShe campaign for gender equality, Watson had never hidden her support for Trump’s presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.
For millions of people — and not just in the U.S., but all across the world — it will take a long time to deal with the fact that Donald Trump is about to become one of the most powerful men in the world. But we can begin to regroup by taking comfort in the words of the great writers of our time, such as Angelou — strong, compassionate women who overcame many obstacles to fight to make the world a better place.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them… Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like… Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity,” said Angelou in 2009. How much we need those words right now.