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Emma Watson Hands Out Maya Angelou Books on NYC Subway After Donald Trump Wins Election

by Sophie Schillaci 3:33 PM PST, November 09, 2016
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Emma Watson is choosing to be proactive.

One day after the U.S. election, in which Donald Trump was named president-elect, the 26-year-old British actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador took to the New York City subway system to spread some knowledge.

"Today I am going to deliver Maya Angelou books to the New York subway," she tweeted on Wednesday. "Then I am going to fight even harder for all the things I believe in."

The former Harry Potter star followed up on her promise with a photo of herself in action, hiding a book on a subway platform.

READ: Emma Watson Explains Why She's Taking a Year Off From Acting 

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was among those to respond to Watson's tweet, writing, "As I told you a couple of hours ago: I love you xxx." 

The outspoken feminist activist may not have been able to vote in the high-stakes election, but she used her voice to encourage eligible women in the U.S. to turn out at the polls. 

"At times, politics may seem disillusioning, filled with rhetoric and smokescreens," Watson wrote in October. "However, regardless of our personal beliefs, it can't be denied that the result of the upcoming US presidential election will have ripple effects around the world and impact, in one way or another, the lives of millions and millions of people."

"It has been excruciating to sit on the sidelines in the months leading up to this election," she continued, adding that America has been her "second home." "Goodness, I wish I could cast a vote."

"The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women and about their rights as citizens," she wrote. "These decisions affect how young people form their ideas of gender. These decisions will affect whether we believe equality is an idea that matters."

READ: Emma Watson's Full Essay on Gender Equality and Voting 

Watson has been vocal in her campaign for gender equality ever since launching the HeForShe initiative in 2014. To see one of her passionate speeches, watch the video below.

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