Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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From the best-selling writer of Americanah and We should still All Be Feminists comes a robust new assertion approximately feminism today--written as a letter to a pal.

A few years in the past, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie got a letter from an expensive buddy from early life, asking her how you can bring up her female offspring as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
     listed here are fifteen precious suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly humorous, and perceptive--for find out how to empower a daughter to develop into a powerful, autonomous girl. From encouraging her to decide on a helicopter, and never just a doll, as a toy if she so wishes; having open conversations along with her approximately outfits, make-up, and sexuality; debunking the parable that ladies are someway biologically prepared to be within the kitchen making dinner, and that males can "allow" ladies to have complete careers, Dear Ijeawele is going correct to the center of sexual politics within the twenty-first century. it is going to begin a brand new and urgently wanted dialog approximately what it rather capacity to be a girl this day.

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Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication Introduction Dear Ijeawele, About the Author Also by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie About the Publisher Introduction When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who’d grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked me to tell her how to raise her baby girl a feminist, my first thought was that I did not know. It felt like too huge a task. But I had spoken publicly about feminism and perhaps that made her feel I was an expert on the subject.

The truth is that I have not kept my name because I am successful. Had I not had the good fortune to be published and widely read, I would still have kept my name. I have kept my name because it is my name. I have kept my name because I like my name. ’ Indeed. But the point is simply this: whether it came from my father or from the moon, it is the name that I have had since I was born, the name with which I travelled my life’s milestones, the name I have answered to since that first day I went to kindergarten in Nsukka on a hazy morning and my teacher said, ‘Answer “present” if you hear your name.

I have never forgotten that. Her mother meant well, obviously. She was well versed in the ideas of gender roles – that girls play with dolls and boys with helicopters. I wonder now, wistfully, if the little girl would have turned out to be a revolutionary engineer, had she been given a chance to explore that helicopter. If we don’t place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential. Please see Chizalum as an individual. Not as a girl who should be a certain way.

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