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

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions--direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twe...


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TitleDear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
ISBN9780525434801
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Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherAnchor Books
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Favorites, Writing, Essays
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Reviews Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

  • Emily May
    1970-01-01
    Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop. I honestly cannot think of any author who writes essays as equally hard-hitting and utterly readable as Adichie does. Perhaps Roxane Gay's work could be said to be as compelling, or Ta-Nehisi Coates's work to be as powerful, but Adichie always comes out on top, for me, as someone who can write about important subjects...
  • Ariel
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to write a review about how wonderful this book is, but instead I think I need to tell you how necessary this book is.About two months ago I met with Penguin who asked me if I'd do a sponsored video for this book. Having loved We Should All Be Feminists I was thrilled to work with them, and after reading this glorious little manifesto I agreed. (They sponsored that video and supplied me with the book, but this review is unrelated... I'm ...
  • Nat
    1970-01-01
    After having seen the scene below shared online, which was taken from this powerful short film, I immediately wanted to absorb myself in some much needed feminist literature. At which point I recalled the existence of Dear Ijeawele, which I'd gratefully received as an ARC.*Trigger warning: rape.* In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we wa...
  • Lola Reviewer
    1970-01-01
    I used to not understand why I am so opinionated, assertive and determined to be right. I am not kidding, I once was the exact replica of Hermione Granger personality-wise. I cared so much (and still do). Now I understand I have to pick my battles, but I thought maybe I was acting that way because I felt I had something to prove or was an attention-seeker.Then my brother told me a story about my young self. I was four or five. My brother, grandmo...
  • Warda
    1970-01-01
    “The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.” Chimamanda just can't do no wrong! I had the honour and the absolute pleasure of seeing and hearing her in person over the weekend in London. As expected, the event was just spectacular. This book originated and was inspired by a friend of Chimamanda's who asked her ‘how to raise her baby girl as a feminist.’ The book is short, sweet and ridiculously impactful. The above...
  • Brina
    1970-01-01
    Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a letter she wrote to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter. The friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male centered country. Spelling out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps, this letter can be viewed as a companion piece to We Should All be Feminists and a manifesto of how to raise all children to view all people with r...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    1970-01-01
    “Teach her to love books. If she sees you reading she will understand that reading is valuable. Books will help her understand the world, help her express herself, and help her in whatever she wants to become.” Reading, reading is so vitally important in understanding other people and differences. It develops empathy and it makes the world a better place. We should never restrict ourselves in life, men or women, it doesn’t matter as long a...
  • Emer
    1970-01-01
    "Teach her that the idea of 'gender roles' is absolute nonsense. Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl. 'Because you are a girl' is never reason for anything. Ever.""If we don't place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential."It feels very appropriate to be writing this review on International Women's Day 2017. Some years ago Chimamanda Ngo...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    1970-01-01
    Here's a very short book with a lot of wisdom.Just because it's short it does not mean it is a light read, not at all.Years ago, the author received a letter from a childhood friend who had just given birth to a baby girl. In the letter, her friend asks Chimamanda for advise on how to raise her daughter as a feminist. Oh boy, and did she deliver a response. You know she did.The book is divided in small chapters and in each chapter there's a sug...
  • Ilenia Zodiaco
    1970-01-01
    Spunti di riflessione concreti, pragmatici e chiari su quanto sia necessario il femminismo per una società giusta e una vita più felice. Utile anche per chi ha dei dubbi su femminismo "buono" e femminismo "cattivo". P.S. Adesso non ho più scuse per non leggere "dovremmo essere tutti femministi".
  • Flor
    1970-01-01
    Hermoso.!!! 💕 Me ha gustado tanto como “Todos deberíamos ser feministas” Que palabras tan sabias y que ideas tan claras tiene esta mujer.!! Se lo recomiendo a todos, tanto hombres como mujeres.!! Dejo algunas de las frases que más me gustaron, aunque casi todo el libro lo tengo marcado ☺”Tu premisa femenina debería ser: Yo importo”.”Todo el mundo tendrá una opinión de lo que deberías hacer, pero lo importante es lo que tú qu...
  • s.p
    1970-01-01
    ‘Because social norms are created by human beings...there is no social norm that cannot be changed.’We’ve all heard the maxim that ‘change starts with you,’ which is something we must all take to heart and shoulder the responsibility. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the powerful novel Americanah and the powerful TedTalk We Should All Be Feminists, reminds parents how important the idea of change beginning with them is in her letter ...
  • Seemita
    1970-01-01
    [Originally appeared here (with edits): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/li...]Feminism – A rather commonly used terms these days, with interpretations far and wide, but not necessarily, coherent. If among contemporary writers there is one who imparts veritable meaning and clarity to this much relevant and pertinent ideology, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would be her name.When a friend asked Adichie how she can raise her little daughter as a femi...
  • Riley
    1970-01-01
    This might have been even better than 'We Should All Be Feminists' which I loved a lot. I found myself nodding along to everything Adichie was saying. This is largely focused on motherhood, gender roles, and how to raise your child to be a feminist.
  • Whitney Atkinson
    1970-01-01
    This book was so quotable. Very short but very powerful; I highlighted pretty much every other line. I don't intend on having kids, but this made me think a lot about how we train girls and boys to be and the gender roles we should avoid them adopting, and it was very empowering and great advice.
  • Lualunera
    1970-01-01
    Quiero regalar este pequeño gran libro a todas las mujeres del mundo.
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars! So important and wonderfully written and explained with examples. I wish it had been longer - I was imagining this as a collection/novel made up of vignettes with the author as a type of wise narrator... A+ material
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    Dear Ijeawele is Chimanda Ngozi Adichie's response to her friend's request for advice on how to raise her baby girl a feminist. The format of the book is a letter to the baby with fifteen suggestions. I may have enjoyed reading this even more than We Should All Be Feminists. Many of the suggestions include changing the language we use with our daughters and examining attitudes about marriage and relationships, identity, and gender roles. I feel t...
  • Simon
    1970-01-01
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has the most incredible way with words and how to get her points across with humour and hope. This, a letter to her friend who asks her 'how do I raise my daughter feminist?', was brimming with warmth and power whilst asking us all to check ourselves and how feminist we are when we say what we do and act as feminists.
  • Kristina Horner
    1970-01-01
    I loved this little book.As someone getting married and starting to think about having children, this book resonated so strongly with me, and really inspired me in a couple of areas for how I want to approach my relationship and parenting. It's like in one little book she managed to summarize so many things I feel like I've learned and begun to care about in the last decade, and threw in a few more ideas as well. As soon as I finished it I immedi...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    As a mother of a son and daughter(s), this book speaks to me on a deeply personal level and I hope I can raise my children with a sense of what it is to be a feminist. All I want for them all is to grow up in a society that is inherently equal to all, without any biases towards what they grow up to be.I hope they already have some idea about the values discussed here. I'm the main earner in our family, my husband and I divided the childcare equal...
  • Adira
    1970-01-01
    There's nothing here that's mind boggling, but it is a good beginning text for people who want to learn to incorporate more feminist teachings into their parenting skills and/or life.If I'm being super honest, I really just want Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to start writing novels once again. Her feminist essays come across as tepid with no real depth opposed to her novels, which present a much more in-depth picture of her subject and the Nigerian cu...
  • Fareya
    1970-01-01
    “'Because you are a girl' is never a reason for anything. Ever.""Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed."Powerful, eloquent and succinct. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is written in the form of a letter, in response to a question asked by the author's friend - "How to raise her baby girl a feminist". Composed in a simple and conversational manner, the...
  • Chihoe Ho
    1970-01-01
    Because I can't properly articulate just how much this manifesto, small in size but so immensely significant, resonated with me, here is my review in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words..."Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist."""Because you are a girl" is never a reason for anything. Ever.""Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed.""Because difference is the realit...
  • Pamela Colin
    1970-01-01
    "Porque en mi enfado con el sexismo a menudo me siento sola. Porque quiero a mucha gente y convivo con mucha gente dispuesta a reconocer la injusticia racial pero no la de género".¡Esta mujer es fantástica!Me encanta cómo aborda el tema del feminismo. Ella es una verdadera representante de este movimiento. Sus palabras te llegan al corazón y a la mente, te hacen ver cosas desde otra perspectiva. Te cambian. A petición de Ijeawele (amiga de ...
  • Anuradha
    1970-01-01
    Emer recommended it to me and Anya was really the one who made me read this. I'm glad for her persistence. Adichie addresses feminism slightly differently from other feminists I've seen. You see, she not only addresses issues where we hold men to a higher standard than women but also the opposite. ...the absurd idea of "men will be men", which means having a much lower standard for men , she writes at one point, and this is something I agree wit...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Just like in We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie isn't breaking new ground in this essay - and that's okay. It's okay because she states basic points about feminism with fierce clarity. She's entirely unapologetic and unequivocal, and it made my heart beat faster to read a woman proclaiming things like this:"Teach [your daughter] that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a prob...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    1970-01-01
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestDo you have a feminist friend with a young daughter? I have the perfect Christmas gift idea for you - THIS BOOK.The first book I read by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS, an excellent little feminist manifesto based on one of her TED talks (which I have seen - it was excellent, and you should definitely watch it, too). WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS is a broad perspective o...
  • Mariah
    1970-01-01
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a fantastic author and I highly suggest her books to anyone that I can get to read them!!!This book is about how to raise a daughter to be a feminist. This book explains how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Chimamanda explains that you do this by encouraging her to choose the toy she desires, even if it isn't a female toy. Make sure that you are having open conversations with her about cloth...