Length: 64 pages
Audiobook Length: 51 minutes
First Published: 2012
With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.
Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Quotes from We Should All Be Feminists
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.
The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.
I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.
About Chimamanda Ngozi adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Enugu, Nigeria. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications. She currently divides her time between Nigeria and the United States. Visit the author’s website →