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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Oct 12, 10

Read from September 12 to October 12, 2010

The stories really make one realize how difficult many African women find their lives, whether remaining in Africa or immigrating. If staying in countries such as Nigeria, they are subjected to blatant sexism and discrimination by the dominant males in government, business, and their own personal lives. Previous generations, with their superstitions and fetishes, put enormous pressure on them, making them want to escape. Arranged marriages are still common in many countries in Africa. It is difficult, if not impossible, for them to succeed and be content with their lives. If they immigrate, they give up certain traditions and values. The must constantly live to a higher standard, work harder, to succeed than typical Americans. Families are separated for years, and in some instances forever. They may be taken advantage of in the workplace by earning lower wages and being required to do more difficult jobs that Americans do not want. It is harder to get quality housing and healthcare. Unless one is very wealthy, education is also a serious problem. These stories very subtly describe all of these situations.
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