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We Should All Be Feminists

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In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realitie ...more
Paperback, Reprint Edition, 48 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Anchor (first published July 29th 2014)
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Nina Here's a direct Adichie quote to this exact question: "Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general- but t…moreHere's a direct Adichie quote to this exact question: "Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general- but to choose to use the vague expression human rights (or egalitarians) is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender.

It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human.

For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution acknowledge that."(less)
R. If you think that it should be called "we should all be egalitarians"... man I suggest you spend more than 8 dollars on books about feminism…moreIf you think that it should be called "we should all be egalitarians"... man I suggest you spend more than 8 dollars on books about feminism(less)

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Emily May
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, 2016, nonfiction
Not long ago, I wrote an article about being young and female in Lagos. And an acquaintance told me that it was an angry article, and I should not have made it so angry. But I was unapologetic. Of course it was angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry.

A short, sharp, and effective essay about gender, the wrong ideas many people have about feminism, and why it is so damn important. Even today.

I suppose an "essay" doesn't sound like something
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to just buy a crate of these and pass them out to strangers and friends and family.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading
Sean Barrs
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humanity
This is the single most convincing essay I’ve ever read on feminism. It does not point fingers and blame men for a cultural mind-set they were born into. Instead, it offers calm logical arguments for positive change going forward. And that’s what the world needs:

“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.”

Adichie states that the strongest feminist she ever kn
Jan 11, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I’m tired of feminists picking on the weakest, turning into bullies, using their platform to harm someone who is already vulnerable. At this stage, your feminism is as good as worthless if it doesn’t include trans women. This essay is hailed as an introduction to feminism, but honestly, go pick another book. Don’t build your feminism on hate and ignorance.

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Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, insightful essay about a topic I am incredibly passionate about: feminism. I was practically nodding my head the entire time as so much of what was brought forth hit home.
However, I had a few issues with heteronormative and cisnormative language. I don't believe she was being intentionally exclusionary, so I'm interested to read her newest feminist essay in the near future!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without confronting men's sense of entitlement, we cannot understand the resistance to gender equality ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
EDIT: Because I have so many people constantly arguing that I'm in the wrong for being concerned about this author's intentions, I did some Googling, and found out that this author publicly supported JKR's anti-trans essay. Adichie also continues (at the time I'm editing this) to stand her ground on her opinion that trans women do not deserve the same support as cis women. If you can read the article I just linked, read this review, and read this essay, and still think Adichie is an inclusive fe
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun.

We Should All Be Feminists is a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from the much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Which I have, not so coincidentally, watched numerous times— so much so that I have come to learn and preform the speech alongside her.

The modified book version of the talk was a very quick and important read that, like the talk, will stay with me for a long time (especially all the beautiful
A Nigerian acquaintance once asked me if I was worried that men would be intimidated by me.

I was not worried at all - it had not even occurred to me to be worried, because a man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest in.

this is the second book i have read from my quarterly literary fiction box from pagehabit:

this is very much like Between the World and Me in the sense that they are both short works addressing huge issues (race, gender) and approaching
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘my own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there is a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. all of us, women and men, must do better.’

this. this. a thousand times this!

this essay has never been more relevant, important or necessary. it is a wonderful introduction to feminism and its growing purpose in todays society. however, it is just an introduction, as the brief length only allows for adichie to concisely outline what feminism
Mario the lone bookwolf
Reading this brilliant and important work reminded me of many other books that could positively change society, such as
and many others that should be especially given to young boys and men to form a good alternative to the consumerism mainstream trash we celebrate as culture and part of Western ide
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was raised to be a masculinist!

Where I grew up, women did the housework, took care of children, made sure dinner was served, and cleaned up afterwards. Women worked, but only if it did not interfere with the "career" of their husbands, and they worked for lower salaries, and were reminded of that fact - often. If the "Career" required moving, women resigned from their jobs, packed up and left with the family. Women listened to the stories of men, and deferred to their "knowledge", they accept
Mar 22, 2021 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SHE'S A TERF, DON'T READ
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction
Wow. Turns out the author is a TERF. Can't we all just agree to respect each other's pronouns and gender? Is it really that hard? Come on, people. Don't be jerks. Don't be transphobic. Be a decent person. Thank you to the people in the comments who exposed how TERF-y she is. I read this essay before I knew she was transphobic.

And remember:

Respect Pronouns Worm

Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, important
'Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.

I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists in a single, uninterrupted sitting over two beers at my favourite bar. This is important for two reasons. First, it shows how quickly one is able to read this book, and read it you should. This should be, assuredly, essential reading. At it's worst it is simply a primer and gener
Elyse  Walters
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a presence about her that is stunning!!!!
She is eloquent- lovely - warm - and real! It's natural to immediately love this woman the first time you see her, and listen to her speak.

That said....she is magnificent in her TED TALK -- from which this small pocket size book was then put together. When I read this book - I didn't have nearly the same feeling about it as when I listened to Chimamanda speak.
In fact - I actually debated a few things ( my own voice took off
Adina (taking a break from literary fiction)
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. ”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, a book that highly recommend. This essay is based on a TED talk with the same title and it encourages us not to be negatively influenced by the bad reputation the word “feminism“ has built and that we need to educate our children to understand the importance of gender equality. I liked some of the arguments brought forward but I did not have the feeling she said som
Hannah Greendale
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

We Should All Be Feminists tackles the issue of feminism in the twenty-first century, rallies readers to envision a better, more equal world, and then encourages readers to take action to make that vision a reality.

The misunderstanding and negative stigma associated with the word feminist is eloquently explained in just a few short pages. The clear-headed, concise approach taken by the author to make the wo
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a leading voice in African literature today. She has written three novels and one short story collection that have all won multiple awards. Two years ago she was asked by organizers of the TEDx talk to deliver a lecture on her views on feminism in the 21st century. We Should All Be Feminists is the published essay of her talk, and is a resource that is beneficial to all who read it.

After reading Americanah, I was curious to read one of Adichie's novels that takes pla
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

The fact that feminism is often considered as a negative concept is rather new to me, simply because I've internalized my anger/my annoyance for years and started to point what shocked me to people only recently.

Why is that? Did my family raise me in the belief that we women shouldn't speak up? Hardly. Not once did my parents implied that I shouldn't be ambitious because I was a woman. Every day of my teenage years my mother repeated to me that I should never do something - including sex - that
Whitney Atkinson
I agree with every single thing in this book! I loved this discussion about feminism from a Nigerian woman's perspective, because Western feminism differs completely from what those women experience every day. I can't wait to read Chimamanda's full-length novels! I have yet to get my hands on one! ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This reiterated many of my own beliefs but in such a concise and well developed argument. I'd highly recommend this to anyone curious about feminism and gender studies because it's the perfect intro.

This is the published version of CNA's famous Tedx talk which I had put on my youtube 'watch later' list and never quite managed to get to in the end.

It's so perfectly presented and written (albeit in a very simplistic manner with little to no token humor thrown in to engage a live audience) that I don't know how to review this except by saying I nodded my head vigorously to every logical inference Adichie drew from her own experiences and those of her family and acquaintances in Nigeria and the
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lecture
Like so, so many others, I saw the TED talk as it swept through popular culture (later with the help of Beyoncé), and for that reason I didn't mark this volume very high on my to-be-read pile. However, after receiving it as a just-because gift, I found it served me well one morning while waiting for the train.

I was happy to read that, though only slightly, she had expanded on some ideas for the print version of her talk. This is an absolutely fine introduction to feminism. She articulates import
Ruxandra (4fără15)
yes, everyone should read it – especially those “indifferent to” gender issues. I absolutely knew I’d enjoy this, and I agree with everything in here, but I feel like some of the points she made were incomplete (obviously, for the sake of conciseness).

Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that is was not women who have, for centurie
FEMINIST: A person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.

I was raised by two feminist my mother and my father. Though my father would never call himself a feminist not because its a dirty word but because he believes as does Ms. Adiche that we should all be feminist. My mother was a feminist but she too would never call herself that, because she was told on multiple occasions by other feminist that she wasn't one because she chose to stay home and raise my sis
“Women’s rights have come a long way”; something we’ve all heard before. But we’ve got a long way to go, I think we all agree on that. No one person’s actions, thoughts, or words are going to end the oppression, if I may use that word. But we can all contribute something positive, something that creates a dialogue about change, something that becomes “another brick in the wall”. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay is just that, but it’s a very big brick, and it’s truths are undeniable. Everyone sho ...more
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I wish this were required reading for everyone. I have been recommending it to every person I know. It’s a short book, took me around an hour and it is so worth it. Based on a TED Talk by the same name, Adichie discusses the weight and stereotypes around the word “feminist” and why we should all identify as such. I recommend this book as a gateway to gender studies and feminism because it is very accessible, especially to those with no experience in reading/studying these subjects. My mother is ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ahmed by: Hafsa | حفصہ
Culture does not make people. People make culture.
It's a great introduction of Feminism. It's very simple and short. Everyone must read it!
The facts in this book are mostly related to Nigeria. But still some of them are present in almost every country.
If we do something over and over again, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over again, it becomes normal

I haven't watched its TED talk. I think I will now. :)

28 January, 2018
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2014 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by Quarterly Literary fiction box. (

A thousand times I have intended to get a copy of this essay, but always got distracted before following through.

Recently, I discovered this book was both influential and inspirational to Britt Bennett, author of ‘The Mothers.’ So, with her stamp of approval added to the overwhelmingly favorable
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won t

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