We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

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Random House, Inc.
The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning author of Americanah, “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama).

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 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.

Baker & Taylor
Offers an updated definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781101911761
Branch Call Number: DPB 305.42 ADICHIE
Characteristics: 52 pages ; 16 cm


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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.

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.

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.

Aug 03, 2018

Hands down, THE BEST definition of feminism. My favorite quote of this book is something I discuss often with my friends who tell me, 'We are all part of the human race." Of course I am a human being but things happen to me in the world because I am a Black woman.

Well said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!!!

CatherineG_1 Apr 02, 2018

Three of my co-workers have read this book - funny, true stories of examples of feminism.
This book is an except from Adichie's TEDX talk in Nigeria. I would love to read Americanah and Purple Hibiscus after reading this book.

Mar 21, 2018

feminism and womanism are not the same thing

HCL_staff_reviews Mar 20, 2018

I wish every man and woman would read this 52 page essay adapted from her TED talk. It would take about 20 minutes of your time. Very readable, intelligent, and personal, Adichie 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." — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

esgouliaras Mar 09, 2018

Very pointed examples of why feminism is still necessary in the 21st century. Writer has a great stories that will make you laugh!

Feb 24, 2018

Very short book from an author with a lot to say... hoping for more.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Feb 14, 2018

I'm going to highly recommend this book as a conversation starter between men and women. We need to work together to bring our world under control and insure all of us have the same opportunities in life. Feminists aren't men haters; however we would like for you to look at the world from our point of view every now and again.

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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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