We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born on 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014).

In 2008, Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.

Publication Year: 2014

Review:

FEMINIST: A person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.

‘We should all be feminists’ is a concise and a very powerful essay on feminism. I read this after watching the TED talk by the same name which was very good. The author was funny and she put forward her ideas eloquently.

Feminism gets a bad rep due to the negative stereotypes associated with that word. The author dismisses them by explaining feminism in a very simple and convincing manner presenting herself as an example; she calls herself a happy feminist who does not hate men.

As for me, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything discriminatory based on my gender. There has been minor stuff like having certain expectations associated with being a woman but it didn’t pose any hindrance to me. But, my experience cannot speak for numerous others as I know there are other women who have completely different experience than my own.

“I knew that because I was female, I would automatically have to prove my worth. And I was worried that if I looked too feminine, I would not be taken seriously. I really wanted to wear my shiny lip gloss and my girly skirt, but I decided not to. I wore a very serious, very manly, and very ugly suit.”

We have come a long way when it comes to women’s rights and we’re still improving but the societal view of looking at women has not changed. The author talks about her own experience and other women’s experiences where they’ve been treated differently because they were women.

With a sound argument, she explains why ‘Feminism’ is needed today and why it’s a problem when the term is not acknowledged. It’s true that we should celebrate the differences between men and women but they shouldn’t necessarily define our roles in the society. Let the woman chose a career or being a housewife but don’t shame them for choosing either of them or both.

“If we do something over and over again, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over again, it becomes normal.”

However, she does not pin the cause of the issue on any particular group; instead, she provides a solution. We should raise our girls and boys differently by focusing on their abilities and allowing them to make their own choices without succumbing to gender expectations.

It’s a must-read for everyone.

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