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We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 15, 2020

We should all be feminists is a brilliant and important work to read. It's a quick, easy read that offers a great insight into the basics of feminism and why it is important. I think that reading this short book is a necessity for everyone. I loved that this short book is about feminism from a Nigerian woman's perspective because Western feminism differs completely from what those women experience every day. The harsh life that African, middle eastern women face every day is very different than what struggles we (for example ) Canadian women face. I do not say this to belittle or ridicule the suffering of women anywhere in the world, but women in Africa and the Arab world are fighting the society that oppresses them and controls everything in their lives, starting with what women wear, say to marriage and education decisions @Maraha of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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alassia
Aug 17, 2020

Love Adichie's Ted Talks, and love her writing. She's has excellent ideas and perspectives that should be read and heard.

RyanR_KCMO Mar 28, 2020

I first read this short book in the winter of 2016. It should be required reading for every person who doubts the validity of Feminism as well as everybody else. It is short enough that this is not really asking much of people. We should all be Feminists.

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LKC19
Feb 02, 2020

This is a quick read - about 45 minutes. It uses everyday exmples of how far behind we really are in not only understanding but also implementing gender equality. An important read for all women, men and teens. I think it's suitable for 14 years and above.

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geguzman_79
Jan 08, 2020

I'm grateful to read her TEDx talk on Feminism, and am thankful to see her perspective as an African woman. This confirms, in words, that there must be a cultural shift, globally, to achieve gender equality.

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HerColoredWorld
Oct 17, 2019

Should be required reading, for everyone.

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kwsmith
Sep 28, 2019

This very short book contains a personal essay written by a Nigerian author who equates feminism with simple gender equality. This popular book offers few new insights for anyone at all familiar with the basics of modern feminism; however, I enjoyed reading the author's personal insights about the treatment of women within the African culture.

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arichard91
Aug 14, 2019

A great simplified introduction to the basis of feminism, including explanation of stereotypes and assumptions that foster inequality.

ArapahoeTina Aug 01, 2019

This book is such a quick and easy read and really gets to the heart of why feminism is still something to strive for and not be dismissed as having already had all its goals accomplished. This is even accessible for older children. We've got work to do people, get to it!

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saramarie
Jun 23, 2019

ICONIC. No wonder Beyoncé sampled her TedTalk in ***Flawless Ft. Nick Minaj!!!!!

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Elybrarian
Jun 17, 2019

If you own one book and one book alone, this should be the one. An important, concise, and beautifully written book about a vital topic.

JCLEmilyD Mar 04, 2019

I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author. Her soothing Nigerian voice unapologetically tells it like it is. Feminism is for all.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

A good manifesto for everyone to read

theythem Nov 26, 2018

Everyone, absolutely everyone, should read this book at least once. As a very short book, it can't take longer than an hour to read, and even if you end up not enjoying the book itself, it still provides meaningful takeaway. The lessons this book teaches are so important and need to be more prevalent in the American education system. I personally love that I have a little book of concrete definitions and examples to lend to people. 100% recommend.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

5 Stars - I recommend to ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE. It is only 50 pages long, take an hour and read it.

This book is from Adichie's talk on feminism. Her approach to the topic is extremely approachable and while it highlights the importance of having conversations on gender, it is a very reasonable discussion of the topic. If you're the type of person who is nervous about debates, etc. (many are!) don't worry about this book, she won't "scare you off".

I have been meaning to read this book for a really long time, I am glad that I finally picked it up in Arkansas, and then read it not too long after purchase. This book was such a good one. It discussed feminism in a way that is approachable to the masses, it doesn't diminish the importance of gender discussions but does approach the conversation in a very calm and open way. I appreciated that Adichie wove in anecdotes from her own life, her friend's lives, research, and stereotypes on gender roles. It made for a very well-rounded read. This is such an important little book, I hope that you pick it up and then recommend it to everyone that you know! As an aside, I absolutely love this cover. Beautiful.

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anonymouswe
Aug 14, 2018

“My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s 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.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Great definition in my book. If you are tight on time, save yourself the time of reading and simply go to YouTube and watch the actual lecture this is based on. If you like reading way more than watching videos - this book is for you! Overall, really liked what she had to say - but I have one strong criticism that results in 4 stars instead of 5. If you are a knuckle-dragging diehard "women's place is in the kitchen, barefoot, having babies" kind of person, then this book will be eye opening for you. Otherwise, it is a pretty light weight discussion of the need for feminism based on Lagos being about 50 years behind USA and Europe in gender equality. Overall, she gets the message across in an entertaining manner that would hopefully keep the interest of people that might be opposed to her message. The only strong criticism I have is she discusses the diminishing of women in so many situations, but in a few places, puts down men for a laugh. That hypocrisy takes away from the strength of her message. I say "light weight" as a criticism because she avoids really getting into what men need to do to treat women equally, and she hardly touches on what women need to do to treat men equally. This criticism is perhaps unfounded because she is approaching this from the Lagos perspective, which is still in the stages of very basic equal treatment of women. As an American who has seen this country go from that gross inequality to largely equal treatment with time needed to allow our historical structural inequality to "age out" (or risk being replaced before they age out), this essay seems a little light in merely addressing "women can earn money to" "women should be allowed to pursue the careers they want" etc. My opinion for what it is worth.

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Miller1114
Aug 03, 2018

Hands down, THE BEST definition of feminism. My favorite quote of this book is something I discuss often with my friends who tell me, 'We are all part of the human race." Of course I am a human being but things happen to me in the world because I am a Black woman.

Well said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!!!

CatherineG_1 Apr 02, 2018

Three of my co-workers have read this book - funny, true stories of examples of feminism.
This book is an except from Adichie's TEDX talk in Nigeria. I would love to read Americanah and Purple Hibiscus after reading this book.

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3228247ry
Mar 21, 2018

feminism and womanism are not the same thing

HCL_staff_reviews Mar 20, 2018

I wish every man and woman would read this 52 page essay adapted from her TED talk. It would take about 20 minutes of your time. Very readable, intelligent, and personal, Adichie says, "Yes, there's 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." — Kim B., Ridgedale Library

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esgouliaras
Mar 09, 2018

Very pointed examples of why feminism is still necessary in the 21st century. Writer has a great stories that will make you laugh!

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ranvapa
Feb 24, 2018

Very short book from an author with a lot to say... hoping for more.

CMLibrary_gjd Feb 14, 2018

I'm going to highly recommend this book as a conversation starter between men and women. We need to work together to bring our world under control and insure all of us have the same opportunities in life. Feminists aren't men haters; however we would like for you to look at the world from our point of view every now and again.

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BWilsoned
Nov 27, 2017

I did not hear the TED talk, so this was new for me. I think her personal experiences speak to everyone.

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LadySade
Aug 28, 2017

This book , if the author intends to convince an audience outside of Nigeria is in want of more intellectual arguments and scholarly facts. The author mainly appeals from her personal and cultural experiences. Albeit some is worthy of consideration, there was just not enough in her presentation. A book revered as a champion of equality should have also included wider perspectives . Instead it was severely one-sided (too typical) and is widely overrated.


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