If I had the means, I would buy an endless supply of this book and distribute it to family, friends and strangers with glee. Whether you’re out to smash the patriarchy or just figure out what feminism means, Adichie’s words will guide you to a place of understanding. She gracefully shares her experiences as a bright young girl growing up in Nigeria and how she came to terms with her own power, intelligence and femininity in a less than progressive setting. As she tells stories of unfairness and feeling invisible she, at the same time, creates an image of how beautiful the world can and will be when we embrace the women of the world.
There’s a reason Beyonce sampled pieces of Adichie’s words in her song “Flawless,” and it’s as straightforward as the title of this book: We should all be feminists. The song quotes Adichie as such, “We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. Why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?” It goes on to say, “Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
In a short 48 pages, Adichie creates an effective Bible on how to approach gender equality, using humor and glowing narrative. Though decently light-hearted in tone, her words are spine-tinglingly powerful. She ends her book by saying, “All of us, women and men, must do better.”
I think we will, and reading this book is a great start.
XOXO Kia & The CRUDE Team
P.S. You can watch a TED talk of Adichie reading from her book here.