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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 essayadapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same nameby 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 centuryone rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiencesin the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroadoffering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable authors exploration of what it means to be a woman todayand an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists....

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie We should all be feminists TED TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much to be successful, but not too successful, or they ll threaten men Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie We should all be feminists TED We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much to be successful, but not too successful, or they ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s We Should All Be Feminists Excerpt from WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie This is an excerpt from WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Should All Be Feminists Jacquelyn Whiting Chimamanda Ngozi A d i c h i e We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria Her work has been translated into thirty Should we all be feminists , Series , Across the Red Anne McElvoy takes guests and listeners alike to the edges of their certainties She brings together two figures who are active in the public debate on opposed sides Feminism Friesian School Housewives, not men, were the prey in feminism s sights when Kate Millett decreed in that the family must go Feminists do not speak for traditional women. The TERFs What T E RFism Looks Like Now one of the things I find puzzling about it is that, when I look at the House of Lords debate on this legislation, those I agree with An all white fascist group masquerading as feminists An all white, fascist group masquerading as a feminist one, db s rallying cry is for white women to defend themselves against sexually violent migrants. More women should revolt against saviour feminism This isn t the only stand working class women have taken recently against the snobbery of contemporary feminism Earlier this year in the UK, feminists celebrated Older feminists aren t lobotomised today s young Older feminists aren t lobotomised today s young women should show respect

We Should All Be Feminists Reviews

  • 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 suppose an "essay" doesn't sound like something m ...more

  • Book Riot Community

    I wish this were required reading for everyone. I have been recommending it to every person I know. It’s a short book, took me around an hour and it is so worth it. Based on a TED Talk by the same name, Adichie discusses the weight and stereotypes around the word “feminist” and why we should all identify as such. I recommend this book as a gateway to gender studies and feminism because it is very accessible, especially to those with no experience in reading/studying these subjects. My mother is ...more

  • Bookdragon Sean

    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.”

    Adichie states that the strongest feminist she ever knew
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  • 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, concise approach taken by the author to make the wo
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  • 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 fine introduction to feminism. She articulates import
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  • 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 with me for a long time (especially all the beautifully
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  • 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 I should never do something - including sex - that

    "Anger, the tone said, is particularly not good for a woman. If you are a woman, you are not supposed to express anger, because it is threatening."
    I'll add : because if you're angry people say that you're "making a scene", and god forbid you answer when you're insulted! Earlier last week my little sister was publicly insulted in broad daylight because she was wearing a dress. She called me, baffled to see that nobody reacted and that people told her to calm down because "it was how things were" when she answered angrily in a situation where she had every right to be mad. Don't tell me it's not true that we women are supposed to be kind and pleasant : it stays, in 2015, how most people think, and you're quickly called a - sexually frustrated - bitch when you dare to say that no, thank you, I don't want to be insulted for no reasons.

    "We teach females that in relationships, compromise is what a woman is more likely to do.

    We raise girls to see each other as competitors - not for jobs or accomplishments, which in my opinion can be a good thing, but for the attention of men."


    As a teacher, I can't agree more with the author's statement about how we raise children. If I'm sure that many of you are progressive in that subject, it remains that wrong ideas about what are - and more often than not in people's heads, must be - masculinity and feminity are spread every day and I see it in my pupils' behavior on a daily basis. These stupid expectations hurt both men and women.

    "What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?"


    That's why I urge you to read this short essay and I'm going to shove this book in my friends' throat gently and nicely advice my friends to read it. If it can make people more interested in these issues, it would already be a positive step.

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  • 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 addressing huge issues (race, gender) and approaching
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