Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen SuggestionseBook - 2017
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 twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
A New York Times Best Seller ● A Skimm Reads Pick ● An NPR Best Book of the Year
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LPL_ShirleyB Jan 09, 2018
This profound advice may empower us all with courage and optimism! Explicitly, this book gives the author's friend--a new mother of a baby girl--concrete, how-to advice for raising an empowered woman in 63 pages or an hour of spoken audiobook.
LPL_KateG Mar 15, 2017
If you're on hold for this, you won't have to wait long - this slim but powerful volume can be read in one sitting! I've loved Adichie since her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, and I adore/admire the way she speaks unabashedly about feminism. This book is for any reader, but GREAT for parents!
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"Teach her to reject likeability. Her job is not to make herself likeable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people... We teach girls to be likeable, to be nice, to be false. And we do not teach boys the same. This is dangerous. Many sexual predators have capitalized on this. Many girls remain silent when abused because they want to be nice. Many girls spend too much time trying to be "nice" to people who do them harm. Many girls think of the "feelings" of those who are hurting them. This is the catastrophic consequence of likeability. We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable...
So instead of teaching Chizalum to be likeable, teach her to be honest. And kind. And brave. Encourage her to speak her mind, to say what she really thinks... And then praise her when she does..." Eighth Suggestion
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