- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525434801
- ISBN-13: 978-0525434801
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.3 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Paperback – May 1, 2018
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“Dear Ijeawele is a volume as fierce and illuminating as bringing up a confident daughter, both with love at their core.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Adichie epitomizes and epistolizes our potential in Dear Ijeawele." —Sloane Crosely, Vanity Fair
“Personal and urgent. . . . Adichie is passionate about equality. Her new book offers 15 ways that we can encourage girls to be strong, to plant seeds of feminism. But more than that, Adichie hopes the book will help ‘move us toward a world that is more gender equal.’ Doing so means knocking down ingrained assumptions about how men and women think and behave.” —The Washington Post
“Adichie’s suggestions are logical and stated clearly, full of her dry wit, and range from the obvious (‘Do it together’) to the bold (‘Reject likeability’). . . . As much as this is a book written to mothers of daughters, fathers of daughters would benefit from reading it, too; parents in general would do well to try to raise children who won't have to grow up and read it at all. . . . Powerful and life-affirming, offering wisdom for everyone.” —The Village Voice
“Adichie has partly written Dear Ijeawele to reclaim the word feminism from its abusers and misusers. Her advice is not only to provide children with alternatives—to empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be—but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference. Adichie is a brilliant novelist and a serious thinker, and she is also someone who makes no apology for her own trivial interests. Her understanding of feminism is intertwined with her understanding that we all want to be more than one thing.” —The Guardian
About the Author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels, including Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun; the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
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I read the book in an hour or so, and I appreciated breaking away from the text to excitedly explore the lives of a few impactful women mentioned as exemplars. I also paused to feed my stimulated curiosity about the feminist qualities I have possibly instilled in my own daughter thus far. To appease my wonder I asked my daughter what can men do, other than the single most obvious thing, that women cannot. She paused so long while searching for an answer that I had to admit that it was a trick question. I was thrilled to get so much insight about my teenage daughter's subjectivity from a single question exchange. I am confident that other readers will gain personal insight from what I consider, a conversation with a friend. Now I plan to pass my copy of the book to my daughter while sharing the practicality of the text with other parents who are committed to raising conscientious children.
Beyond its entertainment value, I learnt a lot from this book because it helped me to examine some of my own thoughts and actions and how these are being unconsciously passed onto the next generation and perpetuating the very patriarchy that we would like to unravel.
On the whole, I found the book very empowering because of the advice it gives and the opportunity for introspection that it created.
This book is a must read and I strongly recommend it.
It wasn't until last year that I started questioning myself about this matter that it became clear that I was not well informed, I didn't know enough, I was not even sure of what being a feminist meant. I was not reading broadly enough, I was not listening to other opinions on the subject and if someone were to confront me on my ideas I wouldn't be able to give solid arguments, just vague ideas of why feminism matters or shy I believed in woman liberation. So I decided to educate myself, I truly believe that Adichie's texts are a great way to explain feminism to others and to oneself.