We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Book - 2014
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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 realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now--and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC, ©2014
ISBN: 9781101911761
Branch Call Number: 305.42 ADI 2014
Characteristics: 52 pages ; 16 cm

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kwsmith
Sep 28, 2019

This very short book contains a personal essay written by a Nigerian author who equates feminism with simple gender equality. This popular book offers few new insights for anyone at all familiar with the basics of modern feminism; however, I enjoyed reading the author's personal insights about the treatment of women within the African culture.

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arichard91
Aug 14, 2019

A great simplified introduction to the basis of feminism, including explanation of stereotypes and assumptions that foster inequality.

ArapahoeTina Aug 01, 2019

This book is such a quick and easy read and really gets to the heart of why feminism is still something to strive for and not be dismissed as having already had all its goals accomplished. This is even accessible for older children. We've got work to do people, get to it!

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saramarie
Jun 23, 2019

ICONIC. No wonder Beyoncé sampled her TedTalk in ***Flawless Ft. Nick Minaj!!!!!

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SavannahElyse
Jun 17, 2019

If you own one book and one book alone, this should be the one. An important, concise, and beautifully written book about a vital topic.

JCLEmilyD Mar 04, 2019

I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author. Her soothing Nigerian voice unapologetically tells it like it is. Feminism is for all.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

A good manifesto for everyone to read

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theythem
Nov 26, 2018

Everyone, absolutely everyone, should read this book at least once. As a very short book, it can't take longer than an hour to read, and even if you end up not enjoying the book itself, it still provides meaningful takeaway. The lessons this book teaches are so important and need to be more prevalent in the American education system. I personally love that I have a little book of concrete definitions and examples to lend to people. 100% recommend.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

5 Stars - I recommend to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE. It is only 50 pages long, take an hour and read it.

This book is from Adichie's talk on feminism. Her approach to the topic is extremely approachable and while it highlights the importance of having conversations on gender, it is a very reasonable discussion of the topic. If you're the type of person who is nervous about debates, etc. (many are!) don't worry about this book, she won't "scare you off".

I have been meaning to read this book for a really long time, I am glad that I finally picked it up in Arkansas, and then read it not too long after purchase. This book was such a good one. It discussed feminism in a way that is approachable to the masses, it doesn't diminish the importance of gender discussions but does approach the conversation in a very calm and open way. I appreciated that Adichie wove in anecdotes from her own life, her friend's lives, research, and stereotypes on gender roles. It made for a very well-rounded read. This is such an important little book, I hope that you pick it up and then recommend it to everyone that you know! As an aside, I absolutely love this cover. Beautiful.

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anonymouswe
Aug 14, 2018

“My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s 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.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Great definition in my book. If you are tight on time, save yourself the time of reading and simply go to YouTube and watch the actual lecture this is based on. If you like reading way more than watching videos - this book is for you! Overall, really liked what she had to say - but I have one strong criticism that results in 4 stars instead of 5. If you are a knuckle-dragging diehard "women's place is in the kitchen, barefoot, having babies" kind of person, then this book will be eye opening for you. Otherwise, it is a pretty light weight discussion of the need for feminism based on Lagos being about 50 years behind USA and Europe in gender equality. Overall, she gets the message across in an entertaining manner that would hopefully keep the interest of people that might be opposed to her message. The only strong criticism I have is she discusses the diminishing of women in so many situations, but in a few places, puts down men for a laugh. That hypocrisy takes away from the strength of her message. I say "light weight" as a criticism because she avoids really getting into what men need to do to treat women equally, and she hardly touches on what women need to do to treat men equally. This criticism is perhaps unfounded because she is approaching this from the Lagos perspective, which is still in the stages of very basic equal treatment of women. As an American who has seen this country go from that gross inequality to largely equal treatment with time needed to allow our historical structural inequality to "age out" (or risk being replaced before they age out), this essay seems a little light in merely addressing "women can earn money to" "women should be allowed to pursue the careers they want" etc. My opinion for what it is worth.

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Onemoment
Nov 19, 2016

Some people ask, 'Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' 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 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 to the problem should acknowledge that. (p 41)

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