This book has been on my list for a while, and although it is a tiny thing (just 52 pages long), don’t let the size full you- it absolutely packs some punch! We Should All Be Feminists is based off of an incredible TEDx talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adochie and I highly recommend everyone giving it a listen!
This isn’t one of my typical reviews with a beer pairing. Instead of simply sharing why I feel like you should read this book, I’m going to leave you with a few of my favorite quotes:
“Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should 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.”
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”
“Some people ask, ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general – but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem should acknowledge that.”
This was my first book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adochie and it most certainly won’t be my last. Americanah is up next, hopefully sometime next month! 💛