A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, based on her 2013 TEDx talk of the same name.
'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....'
What does feminism mean today?
In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
©2014 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 Penguin Random House LLC
"The book I'd press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves." (Books of the Year, The Independent)
"One and a half million YouTube viewings later, this small but perfectly formed talk has become an equally small but perfectly formed book, thanks to Fourth Estate. The perfect size in fact for handbags, pockets and Christmas stockings. There really is no excuse not to buy several." (Harper's Bazaar)
Not a citizen of the world, but a citizen of worlds. Local of Minsk and Prague.
I would listen to this book again and again in certain points of my life when the inspiration is be needed.
The book made me feel all sorts of emotions. I was angry because of the inequality of the society she tells about, and I was smiling and giggling because of her own reaction to this.
It's a very short inspiring story telling about such an important topic.
"I've been thinking about it since I finished"
Made me feel guilty and a bit more aware of the issue, not a comfortable listen but necessary.
"A must read book - superb!"
A thoughtful, funny and insightful look at feminism through the author's eyes. A must read book - superb!
We SHOULD all be feminists. It is fantastic book. Well presented and compelling. Thank you
"Being a feminist"
I loved the voice of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi. She is very intelligent and I agreed with all her ideas. I wish more people would hear her voice and think about the problem of treating women as secondary to men. I hope the world is slowly changing and will be a fairer place.
"How Assumptions Are Made About Women"
I loved this account of how the author dissects historic assumptions about women. Why are we women assuming that these "assumptions" should remain forever intact? The author tears them apart.
The description of the multitutes of discriminations taking place in the lives of women.
I loved they way she runs through so many contradictions of our societies, no matter where in the world.
Agreed with every point made.
A must read for all: especially men and the young.
"I mean i didn't learn anything..."
If they were a total novice to the concept of feminism then yes
it was interesting but nothing was properly discussed - topics were only touched upon.
she was ok
"A wonderful treatise for humanity to read"
I would love to see this book on the curriculum of every High School in the world, the plight of women in the 21st Century is deplorable and I think this treatise would help to change this. it is written with intelligence and sensitivity and she reads very well, it gave me hope.
"true and profound"
I can relate to everything the author wrote every woman's story and the answer to how to tackle gender
"A good start in intersectional feminist theory"
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does a great job in explaining the fundamental point of feminism. While it is already known to those versed in such sociological aspects, it is a good start in learning about what it actually is.
I was more interested in her viewpoint of intersectional feminism which brings together the effects of race, class and gender on a person and their position in society. I hope that there will be more literature like this in the future.
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