I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie snuck up on me.
I hadn’t realized that she had become one of my favorite authors until much later. I have a bit of amnesia when it comes to author names sometimes, and Adichie took advantage. She just kept writing some of my favorite books, and suddenly… well, she became a favorite.
If there was anything that could cement my love, it was Adichie’s impassioned plea that We Should All Be Feminists. This short read, which is now being gifted by the Swedish government to all 16 year old students, is a modified transcription of a TED Talk Adichie gave several years ago. Just take a minute to enjoy the talk –
When you listen to Adichie talk, you enjoy the stories at face value. You take in the humor and the message, and at the end you find that you’ve learned something simple and straightforward.
You’ve absorbed that stereotyping and sexism is far from over.
And even though I had listened to the talk, and I’m a very proud feminist already, I found myself taking in even more by reading the story. Reading Adichie’s transcription shows how she uses nuance – telling a lighthearted anecdote and then pushing deeper into the core of the message. And then letting up and getting lighter again.
Adichie strikes the perfect balance between storytelling and educating – balancing the personal and the political in a way that opens a dialogue with the reader.
The term ‘feminist’ can be so loaded in our society.
Re-claiming the word is a powerful statement, which Adichie executes with passion and care.
Bonus: You can pick up the paperback for $6.40 and the Kindle version for only $3 by clicking on the image below. A micro feminist education for barely a cup of coffee.