We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. 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 s...

Details We Should All Be Feminists

TitleWe Should All Be Feminists
Release DateJul 29th, 2014
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Writing, Essays

Reviews We Should All Be Feminists

  • Emily May
    Not long ago, I wrote an article about being young and female in Lagos. And an acquaintance told me that it was an angry article, and I should not have made it so angry. But I was unapologetic. Of course it was angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. A short, sharp, and effective essay about gender, the wrong ideas many people have about feminism, and why it is so damn important. Even today.I ...
  • tysephine
    I want to just buy a crate of these and pass them out to strangers and friends and family.
  • Riley
    This should be required reading
  • Nat
    — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun.We Should All Be Feminists is a personal, eloquently-argued essay – adapted from the much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name – by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Which I have, not so coincidentally, watched numerous times— so much so that I have come to learn and preform the speech alongside her.The modified book version of the talk was a very quick and important read that, like the talk, will stay...
  • Kai
    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 gen...
  • Lola Reviewer
    Anyone with a heartbeat should read this essay, even aliens.
  • karen
    A Nigerian acquaintance once asked me if I was worried that men would be intimidated by me. I was not worried at all - it had not even occurred to me to be worried, because a man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest in.this is the second book i have read from my quarterly literary fiction box from pagehabit:this is very much like Between the World and Me in the sense that they are both short works add...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.We Should All Be Feminists tackles the issue of feminism in the twenty-first century, rallies readers to envision a better, more equal world, and then encourages readers to take action to make that vision a reality. The misunderstanding and negative stigma associated with the word feminist is eloquently explained in just a few short pages. The clear-headed, c...
  • Brina
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a leading voice in African literature today. She has written three novels and one short story collection that have all won multiple awards. Two years ago she was asked by organizers of the TEDx talk to deliver a lecture on her views on feminism in the 21st century. We Should All Be Feminists is the published essay of her talk, and is a resource that is beneficial to all who read it. After reading Americanah, I was curi...
  • Elyse
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a presence about her that is stunning!!!!She is eloquent- lovely - warm - and real! It's natural to immediately love this woman the first time you see her, and listen to her speak. That said....she is magnificent in her TED TALK -- from which this small pocket size book was then put together. When I read this book - I didn't have nearly the same feeling about it as when I listened to Chimamanda speak. In fact - I actu...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    The fact that feminism is often considered as a negative concept is rather new to me, simply because I've internalized my anger/my annoyance for years and started to point what shocked me to people only recently. Why is that? Did my family raise me in the belief that we women shouldn't speak up? Hardly. Not once did my parents implied that I shouldn't be ambitious because I was a woman. Every day of my teenage years my mother repeated to me that ...
  • s.p
    '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.I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists in a single, uninterrupted sitting over two beers at my favourite bar. This is important for two reasons. First, it shows how quickly one is able to read this book, and read it you should. This should be, assuredly, essential read...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I agree with every single thing in this book! I loved this discussion about feminism from a Nigerian woman's perspective, because Western feminism differs completely from what those women experience every day. I can't wait to read Chimamanda's full-length novels! I have yet to get my hands on one!
  • Raquel Brune
    Lectura 'obligatoria'. Reseña próximamente
  • Adina
    “Culture does not make people. People make culture. ”Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, a book that highly recommend. This essay is based on a TED talk with the same title and it encourages us not to be negatively influenced by the bad reputation the word “feminism“ has built and that we need to educate our children to understand the importance of gender equality. I liked some of the arguments b...
  • Samadrita
    This is the published version of CNA's famous Tedx talk which I had put on my youtube 'watch later' list and never quite managed to get to in the end.It's so perfectly presented and written (albeit in a very simplistic manner with little to no token humor thrown in to engage a live audience) that I don't know how to review this except by saying I nodded my head vigorously to every logical inference Adichie drew from her own experiences and those ...
  • Ahmed Ejaz
    Culture does not make people. People make culture. It's a great introduction of Feminism. It's very simple and short. Everyone must read it!The facts in this book are mostly related to Nigeria. But still some of them are present in almost every country. If we do something over and over again, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over again, it becomes normal I haven't watched its TED talk. I think I will now. :)28 January, 2018
  • Councillor
    If you have only thirty minutes of time left, then listen to the author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reading her essay here for free. Whether you are a feminist or not, whether you are male or female, you won't regret listening to this, regardless of what your current view on the much-debated topic of feminism is like. Either she will open your eyes to some aspects you never thought about before, or she will convince you of your already established...
  • Duane
    “Women’s rights have come a long way”; something we’ve all heard before. But we’ve got a long way to go, I think we all agree on that. No one person’s actions, thoughts, or words are going to end the oppression, if I may use that word. But we can all contribute something positive, something that creates a dialogue about change, something that becomes “another brick in the wall”. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay is just that, but...
  • sana °¤°
    everyone needs to read this asap.
  • Julie
    We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a 2014 Random House publication. I was provided a copy of this book by Quarterly Literary fiction box. (https://quarterly.co/products/literar...)A thousand times I have intended to get a copy of this essay, but always got distracted before following through. Recently, I discovered this book was both influential and inspirational to Britt Bennett, author of ‘The Mothers.’ So, with her s...
  • Jason
    Like so, so many others, I saw the TED talk as it swept through popular culture (later with the help of Beyoncé), and for that reason I didn't mark this volume very high on my to-be-read pile. However, after receiving it as a just-because gift, I found it served me well one morning while waiting for the train.I was happy to read that, though only slightly, she had expanded on some ideas for the print version of her talk. This is an absolutely fi...
  • Josu Grilli
    Un discurso adaptado más que necesario. Todos deberíamos ser feministas es uno de estos discursos que te cambian. Es corto, porque no alcanza ni las setenta páginas en una edición incluso más pequeña que una de bolsillo, pero las experiencias de Chimamanda son simplemente crudas. Historias cortas, realistas, contadas desde su realidad para abrir los ojos a la gente. Este discurso es quizá su discurso más conocida al haber sido incluido en...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Utterly fantastic.
  • Nicholas Talty
    So, I wrote a review for this… and then I deleted the review. Then I rewrote the review to be a few sentences. And then it wasn’t. So it goes. Sometimes it’s wiser to say less than more. This is a big topic; a topic I feel strongly about, which is becoming evident for those who have read my reviews of recent: Bitch Planet, Issue #1I’m dealing with what I feel is the nagging-parent virus. If your parent nags the shit out of you, you become...
  • Vitor Martins
    Eu já tinha assistido à palestra da Chimamanda no TEDxEuston mas hoje (por ser dia internacional da mulher) a Companhia das Letras me enviou o livrinho e eu acabei pegando pra ler. Esse é um ensaio bem curtinho mas muito importante. É meio que o bê-a-bá do feminismo e eu super recomendo essa leitura pra quem quer começar a entender o movimento feminista e toda a questão de gênero que (GRAÇAS A DEUSSSS) tem sido cada dia mais discutida a...
  • Hannah
    This reiterated many of my own beliefs but in such a concise and well developed argument. I'd highly recommend this to anyone curious about feminism and gender studies because it's the perfect intro.
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    This short transcription of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk from 2013 is a brisk and interesting read. The author talks of her own experiences as a woman and how discrimination against women is nearly omnipresent. She talks about sexism in her native Nigeria, but also in the US and elsewhere. Compact, well-written and moving, it makes me want to read her fiction starting with Americanah