Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Title: We Should All be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Year Published: 2012

Genre: Adult and YA non-fiction
Pages: 52
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2016 Google Reading map)Nigeria

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the back of the book): 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 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.

Review: This tiny book packs a lot of punch! As a feminist I am always shocked when people, women in particular, say they aren't feminists. How can you not want women to have equal opportunities as men? How can you believe women shouldn't earn the same as men for the same job?

There is an interesting part in the book that got me thinking about the Black Lives Matter movement. One of their big points is that, of course all lives matter, but saying that black lives matter means we need to be sure that black people have equal opportunities and rights. It's the same with feminism. Yes, everyone should have opportunity and good pay, but for now, women don't have those things.

This book is to the point and uses interesting anecdotes to make it's point. It's a super quick read and well worth it. I am going to mail it to my daughter who is away at boarding school taking Global Gender Studies. I am sure it will fit right in with what they are studying!

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