We Should All Be Feminists

 Title: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date: 2014
Source: Chapters
Rating: 5/5
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 humour and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century — one rooted in inclusion and awareness. (Goodreads)

I’ve been wanting to read this little book for quite some time now, and although I had never gotten around to watching her Tedx talk, I have heard of how much this essay has inspired gender equality and feminism in communities around the world.  For example, the Swedish Women’s Lobby is working to distribute the essay to every high school student. (You can read more about it here.)

From having male friends as a child and forgoing femininity to fit in, to being undermined for trying to do your job in a professional workplace environment, to the ways gender roles affect your home life, Adichie explores the hardships and injustices of being a woman.  With insight and eloquence, she opens the dialogue on feminist issues — whether it’s education on the issue itself (ie. What does feminism mean?) or detailing how sexism impacts both women and men in everyday life, she chooses to discuss feminism in a positive and educational way that excites and inspires the senses.

We Should All Be Feminists is a quick read and can easily be finished within an hour.  I would honestly recommend it to everyone — male, female, non-binary, old, young, whatever — everyone NEEDS to read this essay at least once in their lives.

Feminism is an issue that affects everyone, so educate yourself and your friends.  I can guarantee that Adichie’s essay will change someone’s life.  It changed mine.

If you don’t feel like buying the book, you can find Adichie’s 30-minute TEDxEuston talk here.


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