Title: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 48
My rating: 5/5 stars
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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 twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.
Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
I don’t often read non-fiction books but this essay is incredible. This will most likely be a short review since the “book” itself was so short, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important.
I really loved this short essay, as someone who identifies as a feminist and is always open to learning more reading about some personal moments from Adichie as well as her outlook on feminisim was inspiring.
One of my favorite things was how she tackled gender and the fears that people have about calling themselves a feminist. She thoughtfully explains all of this and shows how perceptions affect so much more than people thought.
Her tackling all of this in a brief to the point essay made me love her writing and excited to read more from her.