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  • Title : Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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From the best selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today written as a letter to a friend A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist Dear Ijeawele is Adichie s letter of response.Here are fifteen inva From the best selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today written as a letter to a friend A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist Dear Ijeawele is Adichie s letter of response.Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can allow women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty first century It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today Get A CopyKindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoHalf.comAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 63 pages Published March 7th 2017 by Knopf Publishing Group More Details Original Title Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions ISBN 152473313X ISBN13 9781524733131 Other Editions 32 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, please sign up Popular Answered Questions I loved this, but it does seem very centred on raising girls Does anyone have any recommendations on raising feminist boys Not everything is transferable 8 likeslike 5 months ago See all 5 answers Ana What is being suggested for raising girls can be used for raising boys Encouraging boys to express themselves, and not silencing them if for example What is being suggested for raising girls can be used for raising boys Encouraging boys to express themselves, and not silencing them if for example they cry or say they are scared Its about teaching them that all human beings have strengths and weaknesses, and clarifying that it does not have to do with their sex Be the example in your son s life If your son is hurt let him cry, scared express his fear, sad his sadness Teach your child that there are different emotions and emotions are normal, there are some we like to feel others not ao much or not at all When expressing anger, how to do it constructively and not destructively for example talk about it, noone should be harmed including him Don t discourage him if he wants to wear pink, play with dolls, or play with an eazy bake oven Most important, teach him to love and respect himself, and others To respect everything, property, pets, plants, all less flag See 1 question about Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2017 197 books 145 voters Best Books of 2017 655 books 885 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews showing 1 30 filter sort default Rating Details 0 copy ratingGraph.clone j rating_details_tip_graph.remove copy.attr id , rating_details_tip_graph copy.find script.remove j rating_details_tip.prepend copy Apr 16, 2017 Emily May rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, 2017 Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop. I honestly cannot think of any author who writes essays as equally hard hitting and utterly readable as Adichie does Perhaps Roxane Gay s work could be said to be as compelling, or Ta Nehisi Coates s work to be as powerful, but Adichie always comes out on top, for me, as someone who can write about important subjects with a conversational tone that makes them pageturners.T Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop. I honestly cannot think of any author who writes essays as equally hard hitting and utterly readable as Adichie does Perhaps Roxane Gay s work could be said to be as compelling, or Ta Nehisi Coates s work to be as powerful, but Adichie always comes out on top, for me, as someone who can write about important subjects with a conversational tone that makes them pageturners.This latest essay is a letter Adichie wrote to a friend who asked for advice on how to raise her daughter as a feminist It touches on so many different things, from the role of fathers And please reject the language of help Chudi is not helping you by caring for his child He is doing what he should When we say fathers are helping, we are suggesting that child care is a mother s territory, into which fathers valiantly venture It is not. To self worth, standards of beauty, and double standards Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women. I found it extremely powerful and moving Adichie s style is simple and accessible and, in fact, she herself criticizes the tendency of feminists to use jargon like misogyny and patriarchy without explaining how this applies in human terms Even I have a tendency to write in a less personal manner about serious books My tone becomes aloof, less emotive, I think So I ll try to take Adichie s advice and put forward my review in human, non jargony terms This essay really affected me personally I got goosebumps when Adichie talked about the necessity of celebrating difference And I felt deeply touched, even as an adult who doesn t really qualify as a girl any, by this Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 439 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Saoirse Flaherty I just finished reading it Feel like gifting it to random people on the street Apr 24, 2017 01 44AM Graeme Roberts A superb review, Emily Very inspiring Aug 19, 2017 02 13PM Apr 28, 2017 Ariel rated it it was amazing I wanted to write a review about how wonderful this book is, but instead I think I need to tell you how necessary this book is.About two months ago I met with Penguin who asked me if I d do a sponsored video for this book Having loved We Should All Be Feminists I was thrilled to work with them, and after reading this glorious little manifesto I agreed They sponsored that video and supplied me with the book, but this review is unrelated I m two months late, after all I got excited to make I wanted to write a review about how wonderful this book is, but instead I think I need to tell you how necessary this book is.About two months ago I met with Penguin who asked me if I d do a sponsored video for this book Having loved We Should All Be Feminists I was thrilled to work with them, and after reading this glorious little manifesto I agreed They sponsored that video and supplied me with the book, but this review is unrelated I m two months late, after all I got excited to make a video about what passages most spoke to me and to share personal experiences and thoughts I ve had to do with feminism And so I did just that and shared my video and what came next I was naive enough to not foresee.I was flooded with comments from people who not only disagreed with my feminism, but who thought I shouldn t exist because of it People who started to tell me that they hoped I never tricked a man into dating me so that I never reproduce It was the kind of infamous YouTube Hate that I rarely see since I run a channel about books What struck me was that I considered what I d said in the video to be extremely tame I specifically wanted to highlight that what feels most prescient to me about feminism is simply choice In my video I mention my relationship to makeup and to bras and how I wish they felt like an option and less like an expectation That s not a huge statement, right Apparently it is And so, fascinatingly, sharing my review heightened my appreciation for this book and even added an urgency to my understanding of it It s beautifully measured and clever and I really think you should read it.My video review flag 306 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Mar 19, 2017 Natalie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, feminism, nonfiction, essays, diverse reads After having seen the scene below shared online, which was taken from this powerful short film, I immediately wanted to absorb myself in some much needed feminist literature At which point I recalled the existence of Dear Ijeawele, which I d gratefully received as an ARC Trigger warning rape In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters dif After having seen the scene below shared online, which was taken from this powerful short film, I immediately wanted to absorb myself in some much needed feminist literature At which point I recalled the existence of Dear Ijeawele, which I d gratefully received as an ARC Trigger warning rape In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters differently Here, in this remarkable new book, Adichie replies by letter to a friend s request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty first century.Discussing feminism, love, bodies, gender roles, marriage, rejecting likability, racism, sexism, white privilege, privilege and inequality, body image insecurities, female sexuality, periods, oppression, and so much Where has this been all my life was how I felt when I finished A truly revolutionary book with a handful of innovative quotes that I d liked to share next Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop But here is a sad truth our world is full of men and women who do not like powerful women We have been so conditioned to think of power as male that a powerful woman is an aberration Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women The above completely changed the way I perceive things Tell her that her body belongs to her and her alone, that she should never feel the need to say yes to something she does not want, or something she feels pressured to do Teach her that saying no when no feels right is something to be proud of All of the above feels both so personally and universally relevant And after having completed Dear Ijeawele in one sitting, I have one last thing to say MY HEART IS SO FULL AND GRATEFUL THAT THIS EXISTS.ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Expected publication March 7th, 2017 Note I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying Dear Ijeawele, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commission This review and can be found on my blog flag 108 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 12, 2017 Warda rated it it was amazing review of another edition The knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina Chimamanda just can t do no wrong I had the honour and the absolute pleasure of seeing and hearing her in person over the weekend in London As expected, the event was just spectacular This book originated and was inspired by a friend of Chimamanda s who asked her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist The book is short, sweet and ridiculously impactful The above quote is my favourite alongside many others As she is The knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina Chimamanda just can t do no wrong I had the honour and the absolute pleasure of seeing and hearing her in person over the weekend in London As expected, the event was just spectacular This book originated and was inspired by a friend of Chimamanda s who asked her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist The book is short, sweet and ridiculously impactful The above quote is my favourite alongside many others As she is a WOC who speaks on feminism and and as I find her cultural traits relatable and similar to mine, I love and admire how she continues to advocate for equality and fights to break down the barriers of everything that contributes to sexism, whilst simultaneously empowering women to be who it is they want to be Not only did I feel content reading this book, the concept of feminism was ingrained in me even And as someone who was slightly reluctant to accept the term, because of the ignorant, but common connotations and how in its origin, it catered to white women, I fully embrace the term now At its root, it s about equality Simple For men and women And though it s to educate all, it s so effective on women I can t help but feel glorious and powerful about myself, who I am as a person and to not back down on my values and my beliefs and what my gut instinct has been telling me for so long after reading this book There s a certain aura that she exudes in her writing and in person , which you can t help but fall for, and commands full attention and concentration I m under a spell I was positively beaming whilst reading the book.But why should I read it, I hear you say Because this book is basically a massive f you to the cultural garb that has defined our societal standards and norms Because this book is about being selfish in the sense that it is about self acceptance, becoming your own person, and focusing on your wants and needs first and not tolerating bullshit Difference Diversity.I cannot get enough of her work and could read listen to her forever Though it s approximate 60 pages long, it s thought provoking and it s the type of read that ll linger for a while I know it s a book I ll constantly be referring to flag 87 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 04, 2017 Brina rated it really liked it Shelves essays, african lit, feminism Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a letter she wrote to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter The friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male centered country Spelling out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps, this letter can be viewed as a companion piece to We Should All be Feminists and a manifesto of how to raise all children to view all people with respect Even though I recently read We Should All Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a letter she wrote to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter The friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male centered country Spelling out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps, this letter can be viewed as a companion piece to We Should All be Feminists and a manifesto of how to raise all children to view all people with respect Even though I recently read We Should All be Feminists, I found that Adichie had offered some new points to ponder, starting from the child s birth Both parents have made the decision to bring a child into the world, so, as a result, the father should not view child care as babysitting Rather, anything he contributes to raising his child should be viewed as equal to the mother s work Unfortunately, society as a whole does not see things from this light, and Adichie urges open minded people to change this She goes on to state that children should not be conditioned to like a certain type of toy or play From day one, girls are told to wear pink and play with dolls, whereas boys are told to wear blue and play with cars If a girl chooses to play sports or be a princess, either is acceptable in this new world view, the same as if a boy would like to draw rather than play a police game Adichie advances her views on child raising through adolescence in hopes that girls are not ashamed of their bodies and that they should still enjoy the same activities that they did when they were younger Raising a child does not end at adolescence, so Adichie takes her readers through marriage I found her points uplifting but most were pointed at Nigeria, which is still a male centric society From reading her other books, I have found that in Nigeria women oftentimes can not walk into a restaurant without a man and that Igbo women have few rights if at all Adichie is urging the younger generations to change the older, tribal beliefs, even if it is one step at a time By beginning from birth, she hopes that eventually this culture will change for the better and respect women and men equally Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is becoming a favorite author of mine and also a leading feminist voice internationally I think this manifesto is something that all expectant parents should read so that their children start out with a clean slate I would hope that later editions could be published together with We Should All Be Feminists because both are equally important I look forward to the next time I take the time to read Adichie s work, 4 stars flag 84 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 07, 2017 Emer rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Everyone irregardless of gender, sex, age or creed Shelves 4stars, chimamanda ngozi adichie, reviewed, read in 2017, than four, non fiction, everyone needs to read these, fourth estate, own ecopy Teach her that the idea of gender roles is absolute nonsense Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl Because you are a girl is never reason for anything Ever If we don t place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential It feels very appropriate to be writing this review on International Women s Day 2017 Some years ago Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked by a friend how she should ra Teach her that the idea of gender roles is absolute nonsense Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl Because you are a girl is never reason for anything Ever If we don t place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential It feels very appropriate to be writing this review on International Women s Day 2017 Some years ago Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked by a friend how she should raise her baby daughter as a feminist Most likely due to the amazing public talk and essay that she had given in 2013.Adichie s response was in letter format and this short book is an enhanced version of that letter to her friend As anyone who is familiar with me on Goodreads knows, I am a huge fan of Adichie s novels I think they are outstanding and that she is a writer fully deserving of all the high praise she receives I am also, or I should qualify that and say, I have in the past been somewhat of a reluctant feminist I have always struggled with the negative connotations that have been placed on the terminology associated with feminism You can see my review for We Should All Be Feminists where I tried to explain my struggles read it here However, I have educated myself to see how wrong I was Feminism isn t some sort of man excluding idea Feminism is about equality Equal rights No differences based on gender I don t always get things right I am hopelessly flawed but by reading books and essays such as this one I am recalibrating my points of reference I am learning to see the ingrained and accepted detrimental inequalities in society today and I am changing myself for the better Change always starts from within right The abiding message I got from this book is one of self acceptance and it taught me this incredibly valuable tool for myself Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop This was huge for me this week in particular It talks to self worth and acknowledgment of being, which is something I am currently struggling with This book may initially propose how to raise a child with the correct feminist tools and that sense of equality But it goes beyond that for me It teaches the adult how to teach the child by simply just teaching the adult By giving them the tools above all, let your focus be on remaining a full person Take time for yourself Nurture your own needs Please do not think of it as doing it all Our culture celebrates the idea of women who are able to do it all but does not question the premise of that praise I have no interest in the debate about women doing it all because it is a debate that assumes that caregiving and domestic work are singularly female domains, an idea that I strongly reject Domestic work and caregiving should be gender neutral, and we should be asking not whether a woman can do it all but how best to support parents in their dual duties at work and at home I could quote from this book all day It is just that fabulous There is something to learn, and gain insight from, on every page It is so beautifully written with both wisdom and humour that as a reader you are immediately captivated by the words and then to discover that those words come together to create this beautiful testimony of the truths behind feminism and the struggle for gender equality It is a breathtaking and immensely inspiring read I would love to make reference to what Adichie terms feminism lite She calls it the idea of conditional female equality.This was such an eye opener for someone like me and illustrates the connotations of what we mean when we use the language of allowing Adichie contrasts how a husband allows his successful wife to shine whereas a wife supports her husband or is behind him when he shines.I don t know why I never thought about these different ways of viewing successful women and successful men Needing to be allowed to do something and thereby given permission calls to mind an unequal relationship such as teacher student And most definitely not a marriage of equals Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist I would urge everyone irregardless of your gender, sexual identification, parental status, age or creed to pick up this book Because it contains simple truths Simple truths by which we should try to live our lives by Adichie is not a perfect human being, she fully recognises that herself But she is unashamed to be herself Does not feel the need to be liked or to conform to how anyone thinks she should conform This is such an admirable quality and one that I am attempting to instil within myself She recently gave a wonderful interview to the Guardian Newspaper group and I think that anyone reading my review should take the time to read it and to hear what Adichie has to say herself You can read it plus an extract from the book HERE.The last passage I wish to quote from is so beautifully framed that I don t think I need to add anything to it Teach her about difference Make difference ordinary Make difference normal Teach her not to attach value to difference And the reason for this is not to be fair or to be nice but merely to be human and practical Because difference is the reality of our world And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world She must know and understand that people walk different paths in the world and that as long as those paths do no harm to others, they are valid paths that she must respect Teach her that we do not know we cannot know everything about life Both religion and science have spaces for the things we do not know, and it is enough to make peace with that Teach her never to universalise her own standards or experiences Teach her that her standards are for her alone, and not for other people This is the only necessary form of humility the realisation that difference is normal The book ends with the same wish that we all share for ourselves, for our friends and family, and for the world at large to be happy and healthy And for our lives to be whatever we want them to be four and a half stars Initial feelings after my first read Since I finished Carve the Mark late on Sunday I have been unable to read another page of any of my books Despite my preparedness and being aware of its possible issues, ultimately it took a lot out of me I was feeling that ominous presence of a book slump lurking somewhere near byThen I looked at the calendar March 7th.Why did that mean something to me BECAUSE IT IS THE RELEASE DAY OF ADICHIE S NEWEST WRITING And all is right with the world again.I ve already read it through once and it is glorious in its simplicity, its wisdom and its practicality I m about to read it again and will review it properly thereafter flag 55 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Mar 30, 2017 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reading diversely, non fiction Spunti di riflessione concreti, pragmatici e chiari su quanto sia necessario il femminismo per una societ giusta e una vita pi felice Utile anche per chi ha dei dubbi su femminismo buono e femminismo cattivo P.S Adesso non ho pi scuse per non leggere dovremmo essere tutti femministi flag 51 likesLike see review May 07, 2017 Seemita rated it it was amazing Shelves for_legacy, favorites, non fiction, me, epislotary, toi, family, nigeria Originally appeared here with edits Feminism A rather commonly used terms these days, with interpretations far and wide, but not necessarily, coherent If among contemporary writers there is one who imparts veritable meaning and clarity to this much relevant and pertinent ideology, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would be her name.When a friend asked Adichie how she can raise her little daughter as a feminist, Adichie shared fifteen suggestions in form of Originally appeared here with edits Feminism A rather commonly used terms these days, with interpretations far and wide, but not necessarily, coherent If among contemporary writers there is one who imparts veritable meaning and clarity to this much relevant and pertinent ideology, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would be her name.When a friend asked Adichie how she can raise her little daughter as a feminist, Adichie shared fifteen suggestions in form of a letter And each one of them echoes so loud that it feels quite unreal to see these obvious orders missing in our societies.She advises that a girl should be taught to reject likeability Often people put so much thrust on girls being nice and likeable that this shallowness gobbles up important and life defining traits like kindness and fullness of character It is the same brutality the society exhibits when it equates a girl s appearance to her morality One should teach their daughters to consistently reject this policing From setting examples at home by sharing responsibilities, to actively shunning the so called gender roles , the onus of driving the essence of feminism lies on both the parents Among other propositions, Adichie writes about encouraging the child to read and understanding the importance of having an identity of her own Adichie s effectiveness in what she advocates is primarily because of her aim, which indeed, is to empower girls and not turn them into saints She insists that female goodness goes hand in hand with female evil, and that, she is fallible and not without flaws She justly maintains that equality is a two way road and that raising your child as a feminist is inclusive of not manipulating the opposite gender to one s benefit.Drawing inferences from her own experiences as an Igbo girl , her teens, her biases and her learning, she forwards her recommendations with not just an intimate warmth inherent between two childhood friends but also etches a manifesto, as is mentioned in the title, that has an universal application If you have not been taken by Adichie s strong voice or ethos in the past and have an inkling you might not after all spend time reading this book though I strongly recommend against it , you can view her fifteen suggestions under this spoiler view spoiler Teach her to be a full person and not simply a mother to your child to do it together i.e., husband and wife father and mother sharing responsibilities in equal spirit Gender Role is nonsense Feminism Lite is dangerous you are either a feminist or you aren t there is no mid way to read to question language to never view marriage as an achievement a reward to aspire for to reject likeability that appeases society at the cost of her own falsities to acquire a sense of identity to not view her appearances from the societal lens that will help with all the body image insecurities that the world thrust upon girls as a parent, surround her with people whose qualities you might want her to acquire to question our culture s selective use of biology as reasons to social norms to converse about sex with parents without shame to love female goodness is as normal as female evil about difference, and that it is rather ordinary and should be respected accepted hide spoiler But don t take my word read it The accompanying texts and instances she quotes, are as much a delight to read as they are wise to imbibe Clearly, this is a book which should be read by parents and its philosophies, inculcated in their children, regardless of their genders flag 50 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Apr 28, 2017 Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves nonfiction, africa, women, 2017 reading log Dear Ijeawele is Chimanda Ngozi Adichie s response to her friend s request for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist The format of the book is a letter to the baby with fifteen suggestions I may have enjoyed reading this even than We Should All Be Feminists Many of the suggestions include changing the language we use with our daughters and examining attitudes about marriage and relationships, identity, and gender roles I feel that many of the suggestions are already widely acc Dear Ijeawele is Chimanda Ngozi Adichie s response to her friend s request for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist The format of the book is a letter to the baby with fifteen suggestions I may have enjoyed reading this even than We Should All Be Feminists Many of the suggestions include changing the language we use with our daughters and examining attitudes about marriage and relationships, identity, and gender roles I feel that many of the suggestions are already widely accepted in the West, but the book demonstrates the need for additional progress and further examination of these topics Of course, the author and her friend are Nigerian, and I enjoyed her inclusion of Nigerian culture and cultural expectations in that country.I could relate to quite a few of her suggestions One suggestion was to reject the idea of gender roles, and she retold the story of a little girl showing interest in a remote controlled helicopter in a U.S mall and the mother responded to the girl that she had her dolls I ve always loved science and as I child my gift requests to Santa were a microscope, a telescope, a rock tumbler, etc., and the only doll I ever wanted was a She ra action figure and her castle I think girls and boys should be allowed to explore their personal interests Another topic Adichie explored that I related to was marriage She discussed keeping her name and using the title Ms instead of Mrs When I married almost twenty years ago, I decided to keep my last name It wasn t a question of feminism for me I was married in Mexico and liked the fact that women didn t change their names, and, frankly, I didn t want to go through the process of a legal name change Now, however, I truly enjoy my identity and am thankful that I kept it I think if you enjoyed We Should All Be Feminists, you ll definitely want to add Dear Ijeawele to your list flag 36 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Mar 08, 2017 Simon rated it really liked it review of another edition Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has the most incredible way with words and how to get her points across with humour and hope This, a letter to her friend who asks her how do I raise my daughter feminist , was brimming with warmth and power whilst asking us all to check ourselves and how feminist we are when we say what we do and act as feminists flag 33 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2017 Kristina Horner rated it it was amazing Shelves feminist, adult, non fiction I loved this little book.As someone getting married and starting to think about having children, this book resonated so strongly with me, and really inspired me in a couple of areas for how I want to approach my relationship and parenting It s like in one little book she managed to summarize so many things I feel like I ve learned and begun to care about in the last decade, and threw in a few ideas as well As soon as I finished it I immediately handed it to my fiance, to help us even furt I loved this little book.As someone getting married and starting to think about having children, this book resonated so strongly with me, and really inspired me in a couple of areas for how I want to approach my relationship and parenting It s like in one little book she managed to summarize so many things I feel like I ve learned and begun to care about in the last decade, and threw in a few ideas as well As soon as I finished it I immediately handed it to my fiance, to help us even further get on the same page I ve read a few things by this author now, and I havent been let down by her yet flag 30 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 22, 2017 Fareya rated it it was amazing Shelves nonfiction Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed Powerful, eloquent and succinct Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is written in the form of a letter, in response to a question asked by the author s friend How to raise her baby girl a feminist Composed in a simple and conversational manner, these fifteen suggestions are brimming with wisdom and Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed Powerful, eloquent and succinct Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is written in the form of a letter, in response to a question asked by the author s friend How to raise her baby girl a feminist Composed in a simple and conversational manner, these fifteen suggestions are brimming with wisdom and inspiration In today s society, Feminism is a far too commonly used word, without a clear understanding on what this ideology exactly pertains to Leave it to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to effectively interpret and explicate the nuances of feminism in a clear, concise and rational style Her outlook towards gender equality is passionate and refreshing, and her approach towards conveying these beliefs to the world is compelling yet accessible Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women Teach her to reject likeability Her job is not to make herself likeable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people Teach her that she is not an object to be liked or disliked, she is also a subject who can like or dislike Teach her never to universalize her own standards or experiences Teach her that her standards are for her alone, and not for other people This is the only necessary form of humility the realization that difference is normal As a reader, I was captivated by how beautifully Adichie captures the truths behind feminism and delivers it with her simple and logical advices I would particularly like to mention what she terms as feminism lite which is the idea of conditional female equality For example scenarios when husbands say they ve allowed their wife to work You do not allow your wife anything, you decide together That s what equals do, discuss and come to a mutual conclusion, not allow or permit Marriage is a relationship of equals, unlike say that of a teacher and student which is an unequal one, because a teacher might might not give permission to the student for something.Until reading this, I didn t realize essays could be page turners too These set of fifteen suggestions are hard hitting, thought provoking and empowering Read it to discern how much of our current societal norms are backed by cultural crap Read it if you wish to be, and raise compassionate, kind and well informed human beings Read it to gain an accurate and coherent interpretation of what feminism constitutes.I am assuredly going to read this again and again, and also, I need to get myself a copy of We Should All Be Feminists flag 26 likesLike see review Feb 07, 2017 Chihoe Ho rated it it was amazing review of another edition Because I can t properly articulate just how much this manifesto, small in size but so immensely significant, resonated with me, here is my review in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s words Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed Because difference is the reality of our world And by teaching her about differen Because I can t properly articulate just how much this manifesto, small in size but so immensely significant, resonated with me, here is my review in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s words Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed Because difference is the reality of our world And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world Because I just want to hug this book and try my utmost to live up to these fifteen suggestions till my last living breath Because, really, we should all be feminists flag 25 likesLike see review May 02, 2017 Anuradha rated it really liked it Recommended to Anuradha by Emer Shelves favourites, non fiction, ankles are sexy, badass women Emer recommended it to me and Anya was really the one who made me read this I m glad for her persistence Adichie addresses feminism slightly differently from other feminists I ve seen You see, she not only addresses issues where we hold men to a higher standard than women but also the opposite the absurd idea of men will be men , which means having a much lower standard for men , she writes at one point, and this is something I agree with You see, by preaching things as men will be me Emer recommended it to me and Anya was really the one who made me read this I m glad for her persistence Adichie addresses feminism slightly differently from other feminists I ve seen You see, she not only addresses issues where we hold men to a higher standard than women but also the opposite the absurd idea of men will be men , which means having a much lower standard for men , she writes at one point, and this is something I agree with You see, by preaching things as men will be men , we are not only giving them a free pass with respect to certain things, but also telling them that they re so far gone, there s no changing them Never had I ever considered this, but once someone else puts it down in words, it s plain as daylight I have much to say about this, so do bear with me Adichie starts off by talking about being a full person I use the term being your own person instead, so I m going to continue with that The essence and the sentiment remain the same She quotes American vetran journalist Marlene Sanders here, Never apologize for working You do what you do, and loving what you do is a great gift to give your child I believe this is very, very important advice My mother has always been a working woman she worked before she got married, she worked after She worked before me and my brother were born, and she worked after And she got flak for it A lot of it I m 23 and a graduate, and to this day, there are relatives who chide her for being a working mother She has been told, and told multiple times that my brother and I did not turn out alright because she was a working woman Not that she cares, or that I care, but this whole idea that working women don t make good mothers is one that I have been victimised by In fact, in the 21st century, I have been encouraged to take up desk jobs and jobs with fixed working hours because after all, someday, I will be starting a family To these people, I have this to say Please reject the idea that motherhood and work are mutually exclusive. My mother is an excellent mother and also an excellent professor.Adichie also says that everybody will have an opinion about what you should do, but what matters is what you want for yourself, and not what others want you to want. This, for me, as an Indian woman in her 20s, is much needed advice Well, not advice per se, but it s encouraging to hear this I m not one to be swayed by opinions I always do what I want, and hopefully, I always will However, you hear enough about how you made the wrong choice , it gets to you I studied, for five years, in a place 2,500 kilometres away from where home was What was difficult than adjusting to the culture shock, was the advice I got from home about how living in a hostel was a mistake Or how specialising in criminal law was a mistake You see, criminal law isn t for women Adichie s most important bit of advice here is that she tells you that it s okay to ask for help, and that it s okay to fail She rejects the idea of a superwoman who can do everything and please everyone, and it s so, so important that people hear this Do it together , she says And she s right Parenthood, and by extension, supporting a family, is the responsibility of both parents Both made the decision to bring a child into the world, and both should take equal responsibility in raising the child She goes on to explain that equal doesn t have to mean dividing the work in half and half, but rather, going for a split that makes both parents comfortable, and most importantly where there is no resentment No parent deserves special gratitude or praise for being a parent It isn t help if the father changes the diaper or bathes his child On the other side of this, she mentions that it is important for the mother to let her husband or partner also care for his daughter in his way She won t die at the hands of her father. Because you re a girl is never a reason for anything Ever. Word Sometime back, Whisper came out with this advertisement where they asked people to show what it meant to run like a girl Well, what disappointed me was that almost everyone, including women, who was assumed that women ran clumsily with arms and legs flailing about everywhere Why is running like a girl or throwing like a girl an insult There are excellent female runners and throwers just as there are bad male runners and throwers This has nothing to do with being male or female, rather just with being a particular individual You re either good at running, or you re not Being a man or a woman, or identifying as a man or a woman has absolutely nothing to do with that The same goes for cooking I m sorry, but I hate cooking I m not bad at it, don t get me wrong, just that I like eating Not cooking, eating I had a friend who used to constantly tell me that my future mother in law would reject me because of this, and to her, I have to say the knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina. Adichie goes on to discuss this whole male female binary thing we have going We have blue for boys and pink for girls Why We should all just wear black It is the colour of happiness after all Jokes aside, I was a sociology major in college I studied the sociology of gender for a whole year, and fascinating as it was, one of the first things we learnt there was that we are pre conditioned by society to imbibe in our children certain gender roles as children Unconsciously, albeit Women are taught to be good mothers and are give dolls to play with men are given cars Lest you like dolls as a boy or trains as a girl, the judgement, the sheer judgement I don t mean to say here that boys should play with dolls or that girls should play with cars, just that children should be allowed to play with whatever they want, by virtue of them being individuals with unique interests Well, Adichie says that too, I m merely reiterating here I mean, I love action movies I love gratuitous violence, but no, as a woman, I have been told that I shouldn t It isn t good for women, they said There is no such thing as being a conditional feminist You either are, or you re not You either think women deserve equal rights, or they don t Or you could belong to a third category of people that doesn t care, but we aren t discussing that here This was new for me, kind of Not the concept, the term Feminist Lite, or people who believe that men allowing women to do anything is feminism Or saying things like he s the head and you re the neck I fucking loathe that term, by the way The whole he s the head and you re the neck concept, I mean I was first introduced to it in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the protagonist s mother consoles her by saying the man may be the head, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn his head any way she wants , and I remember thinking what a steaming hot pile of BS this was First of all, biologically, only owls can turn their heads any way they want More importantly, that still gives women the idea that it s okay for a man to be the head so long as he consults with his wife before making a decision That isn t equality, that s being a pompous and patronising asshole I would also like to address the whole allowing a woman to do something part here My mother is a Ph.D., and something I have noticed is that whenever anyone congratulates my mother on being a doctor, they also say she must be lucky my father allowed her to do it I hate this My mother hates this, and importantly, my father hates this If I had a penny for each time he told someone he never allowed her to do anything, and that as an individual, she could do whatever she wanted The Hindi movie Dil Dhadakne Do addressed this issue very well, where the protagonist s best friend explains to her husband exactly why his statement I allowed her to work is wrong On a side note, this is an excellent movie to watch after reading the book.An important question addressed by Adichie here is why we always have to prove sexism Everywhere, these days, I see people asking for proof that sexism is real It cannot exist in the 21st Century Wage Gap What Wage gap Women cannot work as hard as men, that s the only reason there is wage gap Men also get raped Men are falsely accused Women have so many rights, they re privileged I have had many an argument with many a man trying to explain that what they think is their birthright is a privilege for us, but of course, it is in vain This is not to deny male rape or false accusations these are problems that we need to address pronto, but the irony is that equality between men and women would reduce these problems too We judge powerful women harshly than we judge powerful men. Powerful women are bossy and bitches Powerful men are featured on TIME A woman cannot, nay, should not be ruthless It s uncouth Reading and language are important in fighting misogyny Language, particularly, has affected me personally, so I m tackling that now Lady mechanics are also mechanics and male nannies are also nannies Misogyny can be overt and subtle, like Adichie says An important issue she mentions is how men, while discussing rape get offended and empathise with the woman only when they think of their wife or daughter or sister Why can t rape be offensive merely because it is an attack against a woman, any woman Women don t need to be patronised, nor do they deserve it Marriage can be happy or unhappy, but it is not an achievement. This is a problem close to my heart I am, I repeat, an Indian woman in her 20s The only advice that I ever get from every random person I meet is to get married , find a good husband I mean, I am 23 how have my parents not started looking for a groom yet I have a degree, right What are they waiting for Truth is, I have been old enough to find a husband for many years now I m a law graduate from one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, and yet, all people worry about telling me is to find a good husband I worked for the United Nations, and yet, people keep telling me to look for a husband Old enough to find a husband The institution matters to one gender than to the other Rather, we are made to believe that it matters to one gender than the other Why do women have to sacrifice It is important to realise that one is not defined by being someone s wife Reject likeability. Again, something close to my heart In India, it s all about log kya kahenge Whatever will people say If I wear a skirt, what will people say If I click a photo with boys, what will people say If I m not married by the time I m 30 at the latest , what will people say Whatever will people say We spend too much time teaching women to be nice and lady like Walk like a lady, eat like a lady, talk like a lady Women should be seen and not heard We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make them likeable. Women have to be thin and petite and delicate to be likeable Teach her that she is not an object to be liked or disliked, she is also a subject who can like or dislike. Never link appearance with morality. Wearing a short skirt does not an immoral woman make Women should be given the choice to wear what they want, and that includes makeup I wear makeup because I want to My best friend doesn t because she d0es not want to Just as it is my choice to wear makeup and no one can tell me that I shouldn t be wearing any, it is her choice to not wear make up, and she shouldn t be forced to wear it My make up does not define me my clothes do not define me my weight does not define me All women are beautiful.It is important to teach women about sex and love Sex isn t anything to be ashamed of My virginity isn t my virtue At the same time, women should be made to understand that there isn t anything wrong in waiting either Safe sex and consensual sex is important Whether it is before marriage or after, is my choice Most importantly, remember Women are as human as men are Female goodness is as normal as female evil. Make difference ordinary Make difference normal. May her life be whatever she wants it to be. And finally, that I matter equally Full stop. flag 22 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Mar 31, 2017 Pamela Colin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fav 2017, feminismo feminista Porque en mi enfado con el sexismo a menudo me siento sola Porque quiero a mucha gente y convivo con mucha gente dispuesta a reconocer la injusticia racial pero no la de g nero Esta mujer es fant stica Me encanta c mo aborda el tema del feminismo Ella es una verdadera representante de este movimiento Sus palabras te llegan al coraz n y a la mente, te hacen ver cosas desde otra perspectiva Te cambian A petici n de Ijeawele amiga de la infancia de Chimamanda , Chimamanda le escribe una ca Porque en mi enfado con el sexismo a menudo me siento sola Porque quiero a mucha gente y convivo con mucha gente dispuesta a reconocer la injusticia racial pero no la de g nero Esta mujer es fant stica Me encanta c mo aborda el tema del feminismo Ella es una verdadera representante de este movimiento Sus palabras te llegan al coraz n y a la mente, te hacen ver cosas desde otra perspectiva Te cambian A petici n de Ijeawele amiga de la infancia de Chimamanda , Chimamanda le escribe una carta d ndole sugerencias de c mo educar a una ni a para que sea feminista Dile que es importante que aprenda a hacer las cosas y a valerse por s misma Ens ale a intentar arreglar objetos cuando se estropean Ens ale a cuestionar el lenguaje Jam s hables del matrimonio como un logro Dale a Chizalum un sentido de identidad Ens ale que un hombre NO tiene la obligaci n de proveer flag 23 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2017 Chelsey rated it it was amazing Shelves favourites, 2017 Hope That is what I feel when I read Adichie We Should All Be Feminists was strong, but this is sharp, personal and so powerful I read with a pencil in hand, underlining ideas, reading it aloud, nodding my head, feeling inspired, feeling proud I m not a mother right now, but if I ever become one, this will be a guiding source Dear Ijeawele is not just for mothers and daughters, though that works too It s for people, who want to be and want to raise compassionate, informed and brave hum Hope That is what I feel when I read Adichie We Should All Be Feminists was strong, but this is sharp, personal and so powerful I read with a pencil in hand, underlining ideas, reading it aloud, nodding my head, feeling inspired, feeling proud I m not a mother right now, but if I ever become one, this will be a guiding source Dear Ijeawele is not just for mothers and daughters, though that works too It s for people, who want to be and want to raise compassionate, informed and brave human beings flag 24 likesLike see review Apr 18, 2017 Claudia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves ebook, leia mulheres, 2017, n o fic o, favoritos da vida Leiam agora flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 27, 2017 Book Riot Community added it In We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie distilled the essence of feminism into a powerful 64 page treatise Now, in Dear Ijeawele, she goes a step further and covers every feminist topic you can imagine domestic chores, gendered language, female sexuality, objectification, race, and much in the space of 80 pages I am amazed at Adichie s ability to communicate so effectively and efficiently If you liked We Should All Be Feminists, you will LOVE Dear Ijeawele Kate Scottfrom The Best Books In We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie distilled the essence of feminism into a powerful 64 page treatise Now, in Dear Ijeawele, she goes a step further and covers every feminist topic you can imagine domestic chores, gendered language, female sexuality, objectification, race, and much in the space of 80 pages I am amazed at Adichie s ability to communicate so effectively and efficiently If you liked We Should All Be Feminists, you will LOVE Dear Ijeawele Kate Scottfrom The Best Books We Read In February 2017 flag 21 likesLike see review Jul 04, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it review of another edition Just like in We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie isn t breaking new ground in this essay and that s okay It s okay because she states basic points about feminism with fierce clarity She s entirely unapologetic and unequivocal, and it made my heart beat faster to read a woman proclaiming things like this Teach your daughter that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women For X please insert words like an Just like in We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie isn t breaking new ground in this essay and that s okay It s okay because she states basic points about feminism with fierce clarity She s entirely unapologetic and unequivocal, and it made my heart beat faster to read a woman proclaiming things like this Teach your daughter that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women For X please insert words like anger, ambition, loudness, stubbornness, coldness, ruthlessness People will selectively use tradition to justify anything The knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina Cooking domestic work in general is a life skill that both men and women should ideally have T roubling is the ideathat men are naturally superior but should be expected to treat women well No No No There must be than male benevolence as the basis for a woman s well being And on and on I hope to live in a world one day where this kind of essay seems laughably obvious That isn t the world I live in now, and I loved every minute of it flag 20 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 18, 2017 Ammar rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves female authors, read in 2017 What a timely book Chimamanda delivers a pamphlet in my opinion in 15 suggestion to her friend Ijeawele on how to raise her newborn daughter Chizalum She should read She should be kind and stand for herself She should fall in love and understand sex And many othersThis book is practical Helpful and makes you think and understand and review your childhood and how parenting happens flag 21 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2017 Vanessa rated it it was amazing Shelves favourites, beloved ones, books i own, non fiction, feminism Teach her about difference Make difference ordinary Make difference normal Teach her not to attach value to difference And the reason for this is not to be fair or to be nice but merely to be human and practical Because difference is the reality of our world And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world.She must know and understand that people walk different paths in the world and that as long as those paths do no harm to others, they are valid Teach her about difference Make difference ordinary Make difference normal Teach her not to attach value to difference And the reason for this is not to be fair or to be nice but merely to be human and practical Because difference is the reality of our world And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world.She must know and understand that people walk different paths in the world and that as long as those paths do no harm to others, they are valid paths that she must respect Teach her that we do not know we cannot know everything about life Both religion and science have spaces for the things we do not know, and it is enough to make peace with that.Teach her never to universalise her own standards or experiences Teach her that her standards are for her alone, and not for other people.This is the only necessary form of humility the realisation that difference is normal flag 19 likesLike see review May 25, 2017 prettybooks rated it it was amazing review of another edition 20 20Les essais de Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sont toujours une source immense d inspiration gr ce ses mots percutants et ses id es nouvelles et fortes Chaque fille devrait, sa naissance, se voir offrir un tel livre, qui l accompagnerait en grandissant Pour qu un jour, l galit entre femmes et hommes existe r ellement.Ma chronique flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 13, 2017 Emilie Emzbooksandco rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2017, favorites The knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina As always, this book was 100% right, and I have nothing to say except that you should all read this book I need to read books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, because she s amazing and really inspiring Feminism and feminity are not mutually exclusive It is misogynistic to suggest that they are Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything Ever flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 02, 2017 Alice Lippart rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, non fiction, read in 2017 Powerful, wise and thoughtful It puts into words a lot of things one might struggle to eloquently say oneself and I think that s invaluable flag 13 likesLike see review Apr 26, 2017 Valentina Quiceno rated it it was amazing review of another edition Otro libro incre ble Incluso m s que Todos deber amos ser feministas , aunque ambos necesarios Espero poder empezar a leer a Chimamanda con su voz en las novelas flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 03, 2017 Sarah Starry Night Reader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nonfiction, short stories essays, five star, feminism, tbr short list, books i own How do I raise my daughter to be a feminist Such a difficult and complex question If it were possible to answer this question in a succinct and straightforward manner, I would say Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has done so within this manifesto.I read Adichie s We Should All Be Feminists last year and adored it I felt like her writing expressed a lot of my own thoughts about feminism, but in a beautiful and profound way than I could ever manage to articulate Adichie has done it again here Ev How do I raise my daughter to be a feminist Such a difficult and complex question If it were possible to answer this question in a succinct and straightforward manner, I would say Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has done so within this manifesto.I read Adichie s We Should All Be Feminists last year and adored it I felt like her writing expressed a lot of my own thoughts about feminism, but in a beautiful and profound way than I could ever manage to articulate Adichie has done it again here Everyone should read this A short and powerful read flag 11 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2017 Brandon Forsyth rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s so good to hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s voice in my head again This is a beautiful companion piece to her We Should All Be Feminists , and it might be even better than that magisterial little tome in the way it serves as both a personal and universal story One of the things I loved about WSABF was the very frank recognition that it will be the work of generations to get to a truly equal place for men and women, and this is basically Chimamanda s blueprint for how we get there, framed It s so good to hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s voice in my head again This is a beautiful companion piece to her We Should All Be Feminists , and it might be even better than that magisterial little tome in the way it serves as both a personal and universal story One of the things I loved about WSABF was the very frank recognition that it will be the work of generations to get to a truly equal place for men and women, and this is basically Chimamanda s blueprint for how we get there, framed around responding to a friend s request about how to raise her new daughter as a feminist Raise our girls to question authority Do not obfuscate around sex Be conscious of language Show them the necessity of consent in all things Stress that being nice is not all that important And ten other pieces of advice that are breathtakingly simple and inspiring It may be a long road ahead of us, but with the voice of Chimamanda in our heads, the path just got a little easier flag 11 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2017 Kazia rated it liked it It might be because of all the justified hullabaloo surrounding Adichie s recent interview, but this one didn t really do all that much for me I look forward to the day when Adichie acknowledges that intersex and nonbinary people exist and she stops perpetuating heterosexuality as the default flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Mar 19, 2017 Raquel Silva rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves nonfiction books, read 2017, diversity bingo 2017 Cada vez admiro mais esta autora Quero ler todos os seus livros Leitura para o diversitybingo2017 22 Book by an Author of Color Livro cujo o autor seja de cor Opini o completa em breve flag 12 likesLike see review Mar 11, 2017 Raquel rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves non fiction, read in 2017 clapping madly flag 11 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a year and a half At nineteen, Chimamanda left for the U.S to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia for two years, then went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University Chimamanda graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Balti.It was during her senior year at Eastern that she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus , which was published in October 2003 Chimamanda was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005 2006 academic year, and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008 More about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie More Share This Book Tweet

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Quotes from Dear Ijeawele, or Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop 64 likes Teach her that the idea of gender roles is absolute nonsense Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl Because you are a girl is never reason for anything Ever 39 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 5985, 2586, 573, 85, 13 if rating_details rating_details.insert top rating_graph 2017 Goodreads Inc about us advertise author program jobs api our blog authors advertisers blog terms privacy help switch to mobile version

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Emily May

Your feminist premise should be I matter I matter equally Not if only Not as long as I matter equally Full stop. I honestly cannot think of any author who writes essays as equally hard hitting and utterly readable as Adichie does Perhaps

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Ariel

I wanted to write a review about how wonderful this book is, but instead I think I need to tell you how necessary this book is.About two months ago I met with Penguin who asked me if I d do a sponsored video for this book Having loved We Should All Be Feminists I was thrilled to work with them, and after reading this glorious little manifesto I agreed They sponsored that video and supplied me with the book, but this review is unrelated I m two months late, after all I got excited to make

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Natalie

After having seen the scene below shared online, which was taken from

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Warda

The knowledge of cooking does not come pre installed in a vagina Chimamanda just can t do no wrong I had the honour and the absolute pleasure of seeing and hearing her in person over the weekend in London As expected, the event was just spectacular This book originated and was inspired by a friend of Chimamanda s who asked her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist The book is short, sweet and ridiculously impactful The above quote is my favourite alongside many others As she is

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Brina

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a letter she wrote to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter The friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male centered country Spelling out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps, this letter can be viewed as a companion piece to We Should All be Feminists and a manifesto of how to raise all children to view all people with respect Even though I recently read We Should All

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Emer

Teach her that the idea of gender roles is absolute nonsense Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl Because you are a girl is never reason for anything Ever If we don t place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential It feels very appropriate to be writing this review on International Women s Day 2017 Some years ago

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Ilenia Zodiaco

Spunti di riflessione concreti, pragmatici e chiari su quanto sia necessario il femminismo per una societ giusta e una vita pi felice Utile anche per chi ha dei dubbi su femminismo buono e femminismo cattivo P.S Adesso non ho pi scuse per non leggere dovremmo essere tutti femministi.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Seemita

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Amanda

Dear Ijeawele is Chimanda Ngozi Adichie s response to her friend s request for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist The format of the book is a letter to the baby with fifteen suggestions I may have enjoyed reading this even than We Should All Be Feminists Many of the suggestions include changing the language we use with our daughters and examining attitudes about marriage and relationships, identity, and gender roles I feel that many of the suggestions are already widely acc

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Simon

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has the most incredible way with words and how to get her points across with humour and hope This, a letter to her friend who asks her how do I raise my daughter feminist , was brimming with warmth and power whilst asking us all to check ourselves and how feminist we are when we say what we do and act as feminists.

thumbnail Title: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Author:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN :152473313X
ranting: 4.5
Reviewer: 9 Reviews
Description: From the best selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today written as a letter to a friend A few years ago, Chimamanda

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