Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions by Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziDear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions

byAdichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Hardcover | March 7, 2017

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An instant feminist classic, and perfect gift for all parents, women, and people working towards gender equality. Here is a brilliant, beautifully readable, and above all practical expansion of the ideas this iconic author began to explore in her bestselling manifesto, We Should All Be Feminists.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking how to raise her new baby girl a feminist. 
     Although she has written and spoken out widely about feminism, Adichie wasn't sure how to advise her friend Ijeawele. But as a person who'd babysat, had loved her nieces and nephews, and now, too, was the mother of a daughter herself, she thought she would try. So she sent Ijeawele a letter with some suggestions--15 in all--which she has now decided to share with the world.
     Compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive, Dear Ijeawele offers specifics on how we can empower our daughters to become strong, independent women. Here, too, are ways parents can raise their children--both sons and daughters--beyond a culture's limiting gender prescriptions. This short, sharp work rings out in Chimamanda's voice: infused with deep honesty, clarity, strength, and above all love. She speaks to the important work of raising a girl in today's world, and provides her readers with a clear proposal for inclusive, nuanced thinking. Here we have not only a rousing manifesto, but a powerful gift for all people invested in the idea of creating a just society--an endeavour now more urgent and important than ever.
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope: All-Story. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize ...
Title:Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen SuggestionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 7.15 × 4.97 × 0.49 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short yet impactful Short yet impactful. Adichie manages to pack a mighty literary punch in this essay/letter format. Amazing reading for not just parents wanting to raise their daughters and sons as feminists, but anyone looking to make themselves a better feminist. There is so much to take away from this work, and is a text you can always go back to if you need refresher affirmations.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book so much. I think it is an important read for everybody! Chimamanda is such a great writer, she is able to say a lot and address many very important topics in very few words.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read I read this while at work one evening. Though it's a short read, its power and heart is resonant and larger than the sum of its pages. I'll be recommending this to any future parents.
Date published: 2018-04-16
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Date published: 2018-04-15
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Date published: 2018-03-23
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Date published: 2018-03-17
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Date published: 2018-03-08
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would give to all my friends with daughters (and sons too!) Loved the book and the lessons! As an educator, I enjoy books that are too the point, easy to understand but also relevant to people of many walks of life This book hits the mark. The author finds very nuanced ways to share advice about topics my girl friends and I talk about often. Well articulated and I'd gift it to anyone with a daughter in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2018-01-03
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Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short and sweet A good essay that summarizes a lot of feminist issues, with a uniquely personal perspective. Still, I think that "We Should All be Feminists" takes the cake.
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Date published: 2017-09-12
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Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh If you like the author's other fiction books, this "manifesto" will disappoint you.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Important Voice I heard an interview with this author on CBC's "The Current", and right away I knew that I had to read this woman! She explains feminism so clearly, and makes it sound so simple you wonder why everyone doesn't identify as a feminist. It's a short and important read, and I highly recommend it to all the feminists out there, as well as all of the people who don't think think feminism is for them (it benefits everyone).
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent educational reading source Amazing book with an exceptional message. We should be humanist.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A humanist book. I believe that what Adichie has written is not simply a feminist essay but more importantly, a humanist one. She is not advocating descending in the streets and burning bras, she simply wants to push us to rethink our gender binary. She wants us to raise the next generation of children to be individuals and citizens first, boys and girls second. Bravo!
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important voice in feminist literature. I loved this little book and think it's an even more important read than "We Should All Be Feminists." Adichie's writing is honest, funny, and reading her words is as natural as having a conversation. I loved that, even though this is branded as a "manifesto," it truly reads as nothing more than suggestions, recognizing that each experience is individual and feminism is not "one size fits all."
Date published: 2017-06-17
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Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing woman! She just has SUCH a gift for being clear and concise on the issues of socialization we face as women. I wish I had had an example like her growing up but I use her words to help with my own children, both boys and girls. She cuts through all the debates and denial about the position of women in the world and teaches us how to change things one step at a time. Amazing woman.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read, something to share with friends/family Great book! It's a short read, that feels well rounded. A lot of practical info.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Another great book by Adichie. Powerful message just like her previous work! I highly recommend.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this to their daughters Loved it, everyone should read to their daughters.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and worthwhile read This book is quick and easy to read - few pages and a big font size. However, the content is worthwhile. Also recommended for reading with teenagers - the topic presents a lot of food for thought and discussion.
Date published: 2017-04-18
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Date published: 2017-04-04
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just because Because I can't properly articulate just how much this manifesto, small in size but so immensely significant, resonated with me, here is my review in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's words... "Because when there is true equality, resentment does not exist." ""Because you are a girl" is never a reason for anything. Ever." "Because social norms are created by human beings, and there is no social norm that cannot be changed." "Because difference is the reality of our world. And by teaching her about difference, you are equipping her to survive in a diverse world." Because I just want to hug this book and try my utmost to live up to these fifteen suggestions till my last living breath. Because, really, we should all be feminists.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a way with words that is incredibly beautiful; her writing is calm and smooth yet never soft. Her Manifesto is insightful and direct. The topics she covers will be new to some and familiar to others but it should be read by all – men, women, sons, daughters, those with children, those without. For me, although it was a quick read it was fulfilling . While reading, I felt Chimamanda’s words reach into my experiences and encourage me to imagine how I could contribute to a better future. When I have children, I know I will return to these words again and again.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong & Wonderful Hope. That is what I feel when I read Adichie. We Should All Be Feminists was strong, but this is sharp, personal and so powerful. I read with a pencil in hand, underlining ideas, reading it aloud, nodding my head, feeling inspired, feeling proud. I'm not a mother right now, but if I ever become one, this will be a guiding source. Dear Ijeawele is not just for mothers and daughters, though that works too. It's for people, who want to be and want to raise compassionate, informed and brave human beings.
Date published: 2017-02-03

Read from the Book

When a couple of years ago a friend of mine from childhood, who’d grown into a brilliant, strong, kind woman, asked me to tell her how to raise her baby girl a feminist, my first thought was that I did not know. It felt like too huge a task. But I had spoken publicly about feminism and perhaps that made her feel I was an expert on the subject. I had over the years also helped care for many babies of loved ones; I had worked as a babysitter and helped raise my nephews and nieces. I had done a lot of watching and listening, and I had done even more thinking.In response to my friend’s request, I decided to write her a letter, which I hoped would be honest and practical, while also serving as a map of sorts for my own feminist thinking. This book is a version of that letter, with some details changed. Now that I, too, am the mother of a delightful baby girl, I realize how easy it is to dispense advice about raising a child when you are not facing the enormously complex reality of it yourself. Still, I think it is morally urgent to have honest conversations about raising children differently, about trying to create a fairer world for women and men. My friend sent me a reply saying she would “try” to follow my suggestions. And in rereading these as a mother, I, too, am determined to try.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE:“[E]ndowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. She is fearless.” —Chinua Achebe   “Adichie is both a grand storyteller and an incisive social commentator.” —Toronto Star   “One of the most artful writers of the English language.” —The Globe and Mail   “We probably don’t deserve Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The author and feminist who inspired Beyoncé is now fighting America’s political battles, and man is she good at it.” —The Cut   “[O]ne of the world’s leading thinkers and a true champion of women’s rights.” —Okayafrica   “Considered the literary successor of the recently deceased Chinua Achebe, Adichie navigates cultural, social and personal complexities with great dexterity.” —Global Atlanta   “All her life Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been writing in the shadow of an African literary giant. But Chinua Achebe’s gone now, and it is Adichie’s turn to stake her claim as Nigeria’s pre-eminent author and one of Africa’s most important voices. . . . Nigeria’s got a ready-made replacement [for Chinua Achebe] in the wings.” —Daily Maverick   “Adiche’s prose is lush and acerbic, arch and sexy and politically exacting.” —Lisa Moore, author of Caught   “Immensely talented.” —The New York Times Book Review   “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s incessant curiosity about people is what makes her such a wonderful storyteller.” —The Sunday Telegraph   “[Adichie’s] unflinching, multi-arc redemption stories bridge the gap between Africa and the West, in a vein perhaps only comparable to that of the late, missed Chinua Achebe.” —Interview   “[O]ne of the most beloved and critically lauded writers working today.” —The Guardian   “Adichie has shown herself a powerful writer, moving with disquieting ease from humour to horror, and anger to tenderness.” —The Scotsman   “A fiction writer of exceptional talent.” —The Telegraph