Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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A powerful statement about feminism today from the author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists.

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
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781524733148
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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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Oct 24, 2019

As I read A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions my curiosity was enlivened with the query, "How different would I be if not raised this way, but at least been given this wise counsel?" My Inner Knowing says "Very altered. More Empowered. More Courageous. More Me." As always, Chimamanda articulates many of my thoughts and feelings, which I find affirming and Inspiring. Every parent of a Daughter, every Aunt & Uncle, every GodParent, every Teacher, every Child Care Provider should put this manifesto into action boldly and immediately since it's never too early or too late. And if you have Sons, and or know boys and young Men, raise them to Love and Honour the Feminine and Masculine within themselves, so they can grow into Men who not only consciously Care and Respect Women but Mama Earth as well since these things are inextricably linked.

May 17, 2019

Read this book with your significant other! It brings up extremely important conversations and is very enriching to the relationship in whatever way necessary.

Read this book alone! It brings up extremely important topics to think deeply on as a human being.

Read this book aloud with a friend on a road trip! That's what I did, and it was phenomenal.

Apr 23, 2019

An insightful and succinct list of suggestions on how we might alter our behaviours and words to advance gender parity; told through a personal and friendly voice. A quick little read that's well worth it.

Jan 25, 2019

Good present for girl's baby showers. Let's stop screwing up our daughters.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

A must read to better ourselves.

jeanlh Aug 16, 2018

This is a book that every new, and old, parent should read. I would argue that it is a guide to raising a child to be a decent human being, along with raising strong girls. There is some good all round advice about being a new parent. I also found myself reflecting on my life and how being "a girl" shaped it. Adichie is very good at getting to heart of things, of making things plain.

OPL_ErinD May 02, 2018

This is one of those books that I wish I could fold up and always carry with me. I have the urge to just clutch it to my chest and dole out bits of its wisdom when needed. In Dear Ijeawele, Adichie offers her 15 suggestions for raising a feminist daughter, told in the form of a letter to a childhood friend who recently became a mother. But this is a book not just for mothers of daughters, but mothers of sons, and fathers, and childless men and women, this is a book for everyone.

ArapahoeStaff11 Mar 29, 2018

The perfect gift for a mother! This short, wonderful book made me want to stand up and say YES!

OPL_MelanieS Mar 14, 2018

An inspiring, succinct essay with advice on how to raise and empower young girls to be strong women. The themes are equally important for raising feminist boys.

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.

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Oct 24, 2019

"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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