We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published: July 29, 2014
Format: Kindle purchase
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 to 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.
If you haven’t read this by now please do so ASAP! I love the author's views on the subject and how she shows many people how the word “feminist” isn't a bad thing. I never understood how the word got such a negative reaction. I see it as a strong and powerful word one that I would be proud to claim.
The author goes on to talk about gender and sexual views and how many tend to separate the roles and responsibilities we’ve come to see when we think of ourselves. I found this as an eye-opening read because while I've always thought of myself and open minded and a feminist of sorts I could totally relate to some to some of the things she was talking about. This book is totally relatable and one that will surely open ones thinking and make you see things in a different light. This is definitely a required read.