February 25, 2016
We Should All Be Feminists
"We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much." ~ pg. 27
Sound familiar? Some of you may have never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before hearing the sample on Beyonce's Flawless. She is a renowned Nigerian novelist. She was featured as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. I know her through unforgettable characters in her novels and her public stance on feminism. So allow me to recommend an eBook I recently read.
We Should All Be Feminists is a short eBook featuring a modified version of a talk Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered in December 2012 at a conference focused on Africa.
"What is the point of culture? Culture functions ultimately to ensure the preservation and continuity of a people." ~ pg. 45
We Should All Be Feminists is short but packs a powerful punch in its 49 pages. I wish I could have witnessed this speech live in its entirety. It breaks stereotypes associated with feminism and the word feminist. For example, we like to wear lip gloss and high heels for ourselves, not for men. And most importantly, feminists don't walk around hating men or thinking women should always be in charge. It questions how our society teaches a woman certain things but do not expect the same from a man. There are points in the book where I actually waved my hand in the air and said aloud, "Preach!"
So what is a feminist? Find out by watching the 30-minute YouTube video of her talk and by reading this vintage short eBook.
Title: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published: October 2014
Challenge: Popsugar A Self-Improvement Book