We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the...

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We Should All Be Feminists Reviews

  • tysephine

    I want to just buy a crate of these and pass them out to strangers and friends and family.

  • Kai
  • Emily May

    A short, sharp, and effective essay about gender, the wrong ideas many people have about feminism, and why it is so damn important. Even today.

    I suppose an "essay" doesn't sound like something m

    A short, sharp, and effective essay about gender, the wrong ideas many people have about feminism, and why it is so damn important. Even today.

    I suppose an "essay" doesn't sound like something most people want to rush out and read. It sounds like a chore, like hard work, like something that you should maybe read... someday... if you ever get around to it. But this doesn't feel like an essay at all. The author delivers a compelling and deeply personal account of her experiences and the experiences of her friends - male and female, young and old, Nigerian and American.

    She makes many fantastic points and makes them in a conversational tone, without seeming preachy or patronizing. Looking at the way we treat women and men, and how the expectations we have of both genders is contributing to a gender divide, the author makes an argument for a better future where we are not put into gendered boxes.

    I've actually written a little about this in the past, but I especially like the way she draws attention to the importance of the word itself. Many people are quick to say: "I absolutely believe men and women should be equal, but why call it feminism? Isn't that word exclusive? Why not say humanism (as many people do)?" Even I've been guilty of wondering the same in the past.

    I think there are many great arguments for why it should be "feminism" and not just "humanism", "black lives matter" and not just "all lives matter", "gay pride" and not just "sexual pride", but I'll let Adichie do the talking on that issue. She summarizes it marvelously.

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  • Nat

    — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,

    .

    is a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from the much-viewed

    of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Which I have, not so coincidentally, watched numerous times— so much so that I have come to learn and preform the speech alongside her.

    The modified book version of the talk was a very quick and important read that, like the talk, will stay with me for a long time (especially all the beautifully

    — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,

    .

    is a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from the much-viewed

    of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

    Which I have, not so coincidentally, watched numerous times— so much so that I have come to learn and preform the speech alongside her.

    The modified book version of the talk was a very quick and important read that, like the talk, will stay with me for a long time (especially all the beautifully poignant quotes):

    Also, I found

    * to be really fitting with the subject.

    (* I featured it in

    .)

    Overall, I was truly impressed with

    and hope to read more from the author.

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    Anyone with a heartbeat should read this essay, even aliens.

  • Riley

    This should be required reading

  • Brina

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a leading voice in African literature today. She has written three novels and one short story collection that have all won multiple awards. Two years ago she was asked by organizers of the TEDx talk to deliver a lecture on her views on feminism in the 21st century. We Should All Be Feminists is the published essay of her talk, and is a resource that is beneficial to all who read it.

    After reading Americanah, I was curious to read one of Adichie's novels that takes pla

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a leading voice in African literature today. She has written three novels and one short story collection that have all won multiple awards. Two years ago she was asked by organizers of the TEDx talk to deliver a lecture on her views on feminism in the 21st century. We Should All Be Feminists is the published essay of her talk, and is a resource that is beneficial to all who read it.

    After reading Americanah, I was curious to read one of Adichie's novels that takes place fully in Africa in order to find out more about its culture. In this slim volume, Adichie expresses her views about women's place in Nigerian society. In her Igbo culture, for example, women can not make family decisions, which to her is baffling because she is the only one in her family who is interested in genealogy. In the metropolis of Lagos, women can not go to bars alone, they are viewed a certain way if they go into hotels, and single woman actually wear wedding bands to business meetings. The division of the sexes is clear, and even today women are considered a failure if they do not get married.

    Adichie stresses that human nature has not advanced in over one thousand years. Then people were valued for their physical strength so of course men were considered superior beings. Today people are valued for their wisdom and intellect and women comprise 52% of the population, yet men are still ahead. This, she stresses, is because in many cultures, men are considered the breadwinners and woman the domestic workers even if the woman has a higher level of education and a job paying more money than her male counterpart. Adichie believes that in order for women to make strides in Nigerian or any society that people have to view women from a similiar lens as men, or the divisions in society will remain rigid.

    Sharing an episode from her schooling, Adichie reminded me of an instance in my own school experience even though we grew up in different countries. In middle school her teacher told their class that the student with the highest test grade would become class monitor. She got the highest grade but a boy became class monitor. Meanwhile in my upbringing I always did better than the boys in my class in our teacher's weekly sports poll. The boys questioned why I won. Unlike Adichie, I got to keep my prize but at a cost of being teased for being better than the boys. In a society that stresses wisdom over brawniness, these two instances would be outliers rather than the norm.

    As we move further into the 21st century, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie urges everyone to be a feminist in a positive viewpoint. Feminism does not have to mean that a person hates men, isn't happy, or does not show her girly side. Rather feminist should mean that a person strives for women to have equal access to gains in all facets of society that men have enjoyed for centuries. Only 52 short pages in length, We Should All Be Feminists can be read in under half an hour. It is a wonderful manifesto for the 21st century, and is highly recommended. 4 shining stars, downgraded simply for its short length.

  • Elyse

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a presence about her that is stunning!!!!

    She is eloquent- lovely - warm - and real! It's natural to immediately love this woman the first time you see her, and listen to her speak.

    That said....she is magnificent in her TED TALK -- from which this small pocket size book was then put together. When I read this book - I didn't have nearly the same feeling about it as when I listened to Chimamanda speak.

    In fact - I actually debated a few things ( my own voice took off

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a presence about her that is stunning!!!!

    She is eloquent- lovely - warm - and real! It's natural to immediately love this woman the first time you see her, and listen to her speak.

    That said....she is magnificent in her TED TALK -- from which this small pocket size book was then put together. When I read this book - I didn't have nearly the same feeling about it as when I listened to Chimamanda speak.

    In fact - I actually debated a few things ( my own voice took off with a mind of its own)....

    For example: She asks, "why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage, yet we don't teach boys to do the same"? When I listen to her speak in her Ted talk about this, it felt right ---she was speaking from her experience coming from Africa.

    When I read this book - taken at face value- here in America - ( in the Bay Area 2017), I asked myself... did I do this? The answer is no! Neither of my daughters are married - nor do either have children. They are 31 and 35 years of age. My friends have transformed years ago too!!!

    Also.... my husband was raised by a single mother - he was not taught specific male stereotype gender roles. He was not raised with a dis -service.

    I guess what I'm saying -- is I'm happy to see a few of the issues that were challenged in here -- have transformed. It might be nice to acknowledge the growth.

    What makes this book special is CHIMAMANDA!!!!! That's it!!! She's GREAT!!!!

    Of the two - I'd pass on this pocket book - and instead listen to her speak this book on her TED TALK......a FEW TIMES!!!

    And mostly.... the overall message is a given! Thumbs Up! Amen!!!

    Many thanks.... this book was a 'gift' sent to me in a lovely box - with a few books - toys and Tea cup .... ( very kind... very cute - quality books), from The Quarterly Literary Box. 'Surprise Book Treats'.... what will the book world think of next? Very cute and creative - as I said! Thank you for this lovely gift. Love the 'Jane Eyre' black tea! :)

  • karen

    this is the second book i have read from my quarterly literary box:

    this is very much like

    in the sense that they are both short works addressing huge issues (race, gender

    this is the second book i have read from my quarterly literary box:

    this is very much like

    in the sense that they are both short works addressing huge issues (race, gender) and approaching them more or less anecdotally, which is a really refreshing approach. i liked this one more than i liked coates' book, which i never even reviewed because i am the worst. (nor have i yet reviewed many of my teeny tiny nonfiction reads from the past year:

    ,

    ,

    ) but i'm reviewing this one! even though i don't have much in the way of response/content. i love the way adichie writes - this book is conversational and relaxed, there's good flow between her examples and arguments, and her suggestions about how to adjust the way we think about gender and to address inequality are small and manageable, but it's precisely those small, everyday situations where examples set by individuals have an impact on the way the world works, the way we treat other people, the influence on the following generation. 'be the change you wish to see in the world' and all. or, in my own philosophy, 'try not to be an asshole today.' small acts, but big goals:

    a lot of adichie's examples are specific to nigeria - i've never heard of a woman being asked to produce her key in a hotel lobby to ensure she was not a prostitute, and waitstaff in america tend to be, if anything, more attentive to women than to men, but many of her observations do have parallels/relevance to gender issues in my land. in any event, she's a hell of a writer and you should probably read this and see what you can do about making the world a little less obnoxious.

    'cuz we could use that right about now.

  • Hannah Greendale

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

    .

    tackles the issue of feminism in the twenty-first century, rallies readers to envision a better, more equal world, and then encourages readers to take action to make that vision a reality.

    The misunderstanding and negative stigma associated with the word

    is eloquently explained in just a few short pages. The clear-headed, concise approach taken by the author to make the wo

    to watch a video review of this book on my channel,

    .

    tackles the issue of feminism in the twenty-first century, rallies readers to envision a better, more equal world, and then encourages readers to take action to make that vision a reality.

    The misunderstanding and negative stigma associated with the word

    is eloquently explained in just a few short pages. The clear-headed, concise approach taken by the author to make the word and the cause more accessible to all is effective.

    feminist

    Rather than be afraid of the word

    , readers are encouraged to understand and embrace it.

    Much care is given to examining the varied ways in which boys and girls are raised, highlighting the disparate priorities emphasized in their upbringing based solely on their gender.

    very

    very

    Citing the norms society has come to accept, and the sexual politics that continue to cause imbalance between genders, the author urges readers to transform their way of thinking and lay the foundation for more equality in future by examining and reforming the way boys and girls are raised.

    Personal stories are interwoven throughout, giving a more intimate feel to this essay, which was adapted from a

    given by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2013.

    is a small book overflowing with big messages.

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    My deepest gratitude to

    for providing a free

    with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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