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

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend. A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for ho...

Details Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

TitleDear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Release DateMar 7th, 2017
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Writing, Essays

Reviews Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

  • Emily May
    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
    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 ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Teach her 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 problem with women.I'm actually mad that I have to return this book to the library. I need to own this book. The author has such a way with words. She states her opinion in a matter of fact and simple way. I wish I were able to do the same but I'll have to content myself with using her quotes!It warms my cold dead heart to k...
  • Nat
    After having seen thescenebelow shared online, which wastaken fromthispowerful short film, I immediatelywanted to absorb myself insome much needed feminist literature. At which pointI recalled the existence ofDear Ijeawele, whichI'd gratefully received as an ARC.*Trigger warning: rape.* InWe Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we n...
  • Lola
    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
    “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...
  • jessica
    ‘your feminist premise should be: i matter. i matter equally. not ‘if only…’ not ‘as long as…’ i matter equally. full stop.’ once again, adichie is the voice of reason and the feminist icon we all deserve. i dont annotate my books but, if i did, i can guarantee nearly every single word of truth in this tiny gem of a book would be highlighted and underlined. there is so much wisdom and significance nestled into this letter that i a...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    “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...
  • Brina
    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...
  • Evgnossia O'Hara
    Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop. And this is all I'm gonna mention here!Spectacular!Read it!
  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    "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...
  • s.penkevich
    ‘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 ...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    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 froma 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 suggest...
  • Riley
    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.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge: A Book by an author of a different ethnicity than youI've never read anything by Adichie until now, so I had no idea how beautiful her writing would be. I mean, I've read all of the glowing reviews for Americanah, but for some reason I wasn't expecting it. As for the content on this book, I was in love with the way Adichie thinks and how clearly and concisely she gets her thoughts across in writing. I w...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    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.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    This was great, but I wish it was more trans inclusive coz she implies multiple times that all women have vaginas.
  • Seemita
    [Originally appeared here (with edits):]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...
  • Lisa
    Dear Chimamanda, I love the fact that you still write letters, that you care and stay committed to the issues that are important to the next generation. I love the fact that you write short and anecdotal letters that can be shared between my three children and myself in a library on a dark winter afternoon.I can't say how much it means to me that you have a voice that is clear and sharp and kind enough to reach out to both my sons and my daughter...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    *3.5/5Unsurprisingly, after some of Adichie’s comments a couple of years ago, this is good but deeply cis-centric in its language.
  • j e w e l s
    FIVE STARS, of course! Confession.I need 4 more books to make my 2018 goal. Four more books in a very busy month is not realistic for me. I'm doubting my strength to power through it in December.Solution. Audio books. Short audio books. My Overdrive app offers a section for short audio books under three hours. Honestly, many of them are less than one hour. Hey, I read three books today!! And anyone can do it!I've got this goal. Almost.I'm a die-h...
  • Simon
    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.
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    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
    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...
  • Sara
    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...
  • Kristina Horner
    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...
  • Adira
    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...
  • Auntie Terror
    4.5 stars. Very short and concise, very optimist rather than angry. I wish I knew a new mum of a girl to give this to. [prtf]
  • David Schaafsma
    I didn't feel like I needed to read what I thought is Adichie's longer work on feminism, We Should All Be Feminists, because I agree with her and count myself a feminist and read feminists and live it and raise my kids according to these principles. But I saw this and thought this might be the "Cliff's Notes" or "executive summary" for the longer book. Since then Julie tells me that other book isn't actually longer, just fyi.Adichie said she had ...
  • Mariah Roze
    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...