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We Should All Be Feminists Paperback – 20 October 2014
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- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008115273
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008115272
- Dimensions : 16 x 0.6 x 11.1 cm
- Publisher : 4th Estate - GB (20 October 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 10,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
‘The book I'd press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future "world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves"’ Books of the Year, Independent
‘One and a half million YouTube viewings later, this small but perfectly formed talk has become an equally small but perfectly formed book, thanks to Fourth Estate. The perfect size in fact for handbags, pockets and Christmas stockings. There really is no excuse not to buy several’ Harpers Bazaar
Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
‘A writer with a great deal to say’ The Times
'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe
‘Adiche [has] virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity’ Dave Eggers
‘Adichie is terrific on human interactions … Adichie’s writing always has an elegant shimmer to it … Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive’ Independent on Sunday
‘[Adichie] is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.' Edmund White
About the Author
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We Should All Be Feminists
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americana and Half of a Yellow Sun.
I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. 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.
What does feminism mean today?
In this personal, eloquently argued essay adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
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There’s not much more you can say about this. I wouldn’t normally write a review about such a short piece of writing, but I had to post just to say go and read it! Or look up the original TEDx talk on YouTube.
"A feminist is a person who believes in the economic, political and social equality of the sexes."
Such a wonderful and apt definition put forth by Chimamanda. It struck me right at the place where it should have. And reading it made me realize that the main problem with us is that we live in our illusional worlds with absolutely dismal misinterpretations of this word ‘feminist.’ Through her personal and brazen account, the author attempts to bring us to a table and initiate a conversation. Through this book, she delves in our system and culture as she goes on to articulate her experiences and observations.
With the use of subtle language and impeccable finesse, she drives home the point of equality of sexes. She advocates the voice of women to be heard and the need to give it a room. She raises her issue with the growing intellectual society’s archaic views and bashes them with her pointed arguments.
This book is a powerful work on an important subject where we should note that men and women are humans and we should all be proud feminists!
For me despite it being so short it still seemed to have things which longer feminist writings have. It said a lot of the same things that Everyday Sexism says, but I didn’t review that because it made me angry for the wrong reasons. We should All Be Feminists talks of some of the same sort of level of sexism, a sort of thing which seems so ingrained that it’s almost seen as normal and therefore acceptable.
She also talks of the sort of attitudes towards feminists which makes feminism into some sort of bad words. I know women who would say that they aren’t feminists, but that’s like saying men are better, that they should get better chances and opportunities. How can you be a woman but not be a feminist?
She talked widely of her experiences in Nigeria- her native country, and made it seem that sexism is worse there, maybe it s, maybe not, it could just be what she is sharing.
It’s a good book for people who wouldn’t really consider themselves as being feminists, women and men alike.