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 ...
  • Riley
    This should be required reading
  • tysephine
    I want to just buy a crate of these and pass them out to strangers and friends and family.
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    This is the single most convincing essay I’ve ever read on feminism. It does not point fingers and blame men for a cultural mind-set they were born into. Instead, it offers calm logical arguments for positive change going forward. And that’s what the world needs: “A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....
  • Zoë
    A short, insightful essay about a topic I am incredibly passionate about: feminism. I was practically nodding my head the entire time as so much of what was brought forth hit home. However, I had a few issues with heteronormative and cisnormative language. I don't believe she was being intentionally exclusionary, so I'm interested to read her newest feminist essay in the near future!
  • 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 gend...
  • Nick
    Educate your children by teaching them equality. Then you'll see the change.
  • Lola
    Anyone with a heartbeat should read this essay, even aliens.
  • 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...
  • jessica
    ‘my own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there is a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. all of us, women and men, must do better.’ this. this. a thousand times this!this essay has never been more relevant, important or necessary. it is a wonderful introduction to feminism and its growing purpose in todays society. however, it is just an introduction, as the brief length only all...
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    I was raised to be a masculinist!Where I grew up, women did the housework, took care of children, made sure dinner was served, and cleaned up afterwards. Women worked, but only if it did not interfere with the "career" of their husbands, and they worked for lower salaries, and were reminded of that fact - often. If the "Career" required moving, women resigned from their jobs, packed up and left with the family. Women listened to the stories of me...
  • 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...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    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...
  • s.penkevich
    '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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Nobody could be more disappointed or shocked than me.We Should All Be Feminists does a lot of things right. It's a quick, easy read that offers some great insight into the basic gist of why feminism is important.That said, this novella has a lot of problems, with the worst of those being heteronormativity and trans-erasure. Adichie goes to great lengths to completely ignore the mere existence of queer and/or trans individuals, with endless gender...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    LOVED THIS. Listening to Adichie read this little book to me was a treat. She’s so well-spoken and intelligent, I can’t help but love everything I’ve read by her so far!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Erin
    FEMINIST: A person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.I was raised by two feminist my mother and my father. Though my father would never call himself a feminist not because its a dirty word but because he believes as does Ms. Adiche that we should all be feminist. My mother was a feminist but she too would never call herself that, because she was told on multiple occasions by other feminist that she wasn't o...
  • Fabian {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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...