We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
‘We Should All be Feminists’ is a teeny-weeny tiny book, adapted from a TEDxEuston talk delivered by Chimamnda Ngoz Adichie in 2012. It stands at a total of 52 pages and roughly 7,000 words.
7,000 POWERFUL words.
Ngozi Adichie has a clear, authoritative tone throughout this book. It is exceptionally accessible for a reader, and will take you roughly 20 – 30 minutes to read cover to cover. Wisdom falls from it’s pages, delivering thoughts like …
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations”
“The person more qualified to lead it not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative”
I’d like to add my own caveat to the leadership statement. More intelligent, more creative, and more innovative – should not be confused with ‘privately educated, and privileged’ less we forget the lessons from ‘Reckless Opportunists’.
The speech this book is based on can be found here, and I recommend watching the full 30 minutes as well as reading the book.
For me ‘We Should All be Feminists’ was the perfect Saturday morning with a pot of coffee read. I often struggle to make time to read on a weekend, so having a such a small but perfectly formed book was a great way to steal away 20 minutes for myself.
Towards the beginning of the book Ngozi Adichie talks about a friend who says to her “You know you’re a feminist”. Her instinct was clear – this was not a compliment. This is something all feminists which come up against time & time again. Misunderstandings, confusion, negative rhetoric, and connotations. It is important to reclaim how feminism is perceived, because after all, we all know it is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
‘We Should All be Feminists’ in Facts:
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
First Published: 2014
Publishing House: Fourth Estate