We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“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 acknowledge that.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often-masked realities of sexual politics, her exploration of what it means to be a woman now. An of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
This highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller is adapted from the much-admired 2012 TEDx talk of the same name, which started a worldwide conversation about feminism. (The TED Talk is below)
“One and a half million YouTube viewings later, this small but perfectly formed talk has become an equally small but perfectly formed book…there really is no excuse not to buy several.”—HARPERS BAZAAR
“The book I’d press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future ‘world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves.’”—BOOKS OF THE YEAR, INDEPENDENT
ISBN 978-1-101-91176-1. Copyright © 2014.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a renowned Nigerian novelist and author of many books. She was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State, where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the U.S. to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science.
She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins, and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction.
Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
She is named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at their 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She is celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.