We Should All Be Feminists by Adichie, Chimamanda NgoziWe Should All Be Feminists by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

We Should All Be Feminists

byAdichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Paperback | February 3, 2015

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The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning author of Americanah, “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama).

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the 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 of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels, including Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, and the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
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Title:We Should All Be FeministsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 6.25 × 4.46 × 0.28 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting This short little read is a very wonderful perspective on feminism. Really enjoyed it and found it very insightful. #PlumReview
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES This should be required reading for anyone who still thinks feminism is just a buzzword or about women hating men or women over-reacting etc etc.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required reading if you ever meet someone who says they are not a feminist, just give them a copy of this book. It simply and painlessly lays out the main tenets of feminist, and fights against the many misinterpretations that are commonly vocalized in debates surrounding this tipic. No, Daniel, feminism, as Ngozi Adichie will tell you, is not about hating men. It is about ending the history of oppression which has imprisoned women for centuries, and it is books like this that continue the fight. #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short essay adapted from TEDxEuston 2012 I expected the book to be longer, more research based rather than experiential, and more nuanced overall. It is a very general introduction to gender inequality.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes we should! I loved this book - it's super short and intelligent, I think I was expecting it to be longer, I actually read it in a couple of hours after work one day, but I'd read it again in a heartbeat. The author is a compelling writer and I recommend watching the Ted Talk she did of the same name!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Honest Short read, great concept! Plus Beyonce's beginning of Flawless is from this book!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from everyone needs to read this A short but important introduction to feminism. Please read!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eloquent and Thought Provoking A great introduction to what it mean to be a feminist. A must read for both men and women.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep this on your coffee table An incredibly important book. I want to gift this to every woman/identifying woman, of all ages.....actually, i wanted to gift this to ALL genders. It's beautiful. It's strong, and it's a necessary need. Read. This. Book. Many know her (or perhaps don't know her but have HEARD her writing) from a previous Beyonce album and in the song "Flawless". This author needs recognition, and she needs to be called by her name for this work is moving and SO important.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro A short but important introduction to feminism. Please read!
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but Important This book would especially be good as an introduction to feminism, but even for those well acquainted with it, I think it's a good read. If you've heard the talk before then you know what to expect but it's' still nice to have it in a form of a book.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Introduction to what Feminism is! It's a short read but worth totally worth it! Adichie offers her experience and reasoning why we should all be feminists. It's nails the necessity of this movement!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing Read This book is small but mighty, it is well written without being pushy. Great read, I would recommend to all (feminism is not just for women).
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ms. Adichie gives great insight into why she is a feminist and why feminism benefits us all. Inspired to read more feminist literature.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! This is one of my favourite books of all time, I've lost count of how many times I've read it. I love the style of writing, you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful perspective Refreshing perspective. Reads like a conversation with friends. Adichi has the ability to tell stories and teach while being a friend !
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could read again and again! Great quick essay chockful of interesting points and anecdotes relayed by the author in a relatable tone.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and personal This isn't an argument, so much as a collection of personal thoughts and impressions on the topic of feminism.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A short and simple book outlining the most important aspects of being a feminist. I loved how she articulated everything.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! I noticed this book on a post on Chapters instagram page and I'm glad I picked it up. this book was a funny, educational and well written read. this made me re think about what feminism is and being a feminist is.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great, quick read! Gets the message across in a very concise way! I would like to read something else by the author as I felt this was just a taste.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart, Funny, Relevant <blockquote>Some people ask: "Why the word <i>feminist</i>? 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 <i>human rights</i> 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 acknowledge that.</blockquote> This was my first read of 2018 and I hope <i>We Should All Be Feminists</i> sets the tone for the year ahead, not only in books but in culture, politics, and the world at large. Though this essay isn't new, it is still smart, funny, engaging, and, for better or worse, relevant. The logic of Adichie's argument is powerful and personal and flows in such simple and straightforward terms that the conclusion at which she arrives - that, spoiler alert, we should, men and women alike, all be feminists - seems, in the best way possible, obvious by the end.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Read A great book on the importance of feminism in all societies and definitely recommended for anyone (man or woman, young or old)!
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! bought this book a few months back and have read it several times. Wise words written by a wise woman. Great read!
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Short, but sweet. Really gets the message across with great little examples. Everyone should read this!
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! A must read. I can not recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Adichie eloquently and simply talks about the importance of feminism, and why it's more than just a human rights issue. Great read!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great An interesting read. I actually saw the TEDTalk associated to the book.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another hit! I enjoy reading Adichie's writings. This one is definitely another enjoyable and eye-opening read.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I truly recommend this book to anyone is looking to get more insight on what is means to be a feminist.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 Short, simple, personal, nuanced.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something everyone needs to read A very quick read but one I think everyone should dive into, male or female. Adichie eloquently and simply talks about the importance of feminism, and why it's more than just a human rights issue.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Everyone should read this book and by everyone I'm implying men and women. Such a refreshing book
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Buy IT!!! I loved it !! I loved how she spoke so perfectly about feminism and did not make it one sides at all. I also loved the little stories and examples she threw in there as well. Just perfect and short and sweet.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important A quick, but important read.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This really teaches you to look at things from a different view and it immerses you into how other cultures deal with being exposed to someone who is so open to being themselves and fighting for what they believe in.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I love all of Adichie's work. She is a gifted writer and I'm so glad she delivered this TED talk and adapted it into this book. Wonderful. I truly believe everyone should read this.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet What a sweet deal, definitely worth the investment. I would recommend this to all my friends.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes we should feminism is about quality and not about anti-male hysteria, misandry, androphobia, and men-hating. ti is about equality.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Everyone should go out and read this book! its amazing!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant but... This very short essay, based on the author's TED talk is a brilliant attempt at vulgarizing feminism but I (as a leftist liberal woman living in a liberal North American metropolis) could not help feeling sad that the simple truths imparted by the author still need to be hammered out for most.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Short Must-Read for Everyone I have a hard time reading stuff like this because I get bored easily but I was wishing for more after I finished this too short story. Everyone needs to read this.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny! Inspiring. Brilliant. Eloquent. This should be required reading for every man, woman and child.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Powerful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an incredibly brilliant and inspirational writer and speaker. I love her TED talks, so of course I had to read the book, and she did not disappoint (she never does). I think that everyone needs to read this book, and all the rest of her writing.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but Powerful I think everyone should read this whether you consider yourself a feminist or not. It's short but very though provoking. I felt like a lot of it reiterates what I've learned about sociology and gender.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful A powerful message in a small package. This is a must read for everyone! It's short, get to the point, and delivers a strong message about feminism. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super quick, powerful read This is a super quick read that should be read by everybody. I plan to use this book as a litmus test for all potential suitors.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but Powerful Short but very thought provoking. I think everyone should read this. Everyone will benefit from it.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Such an easy quick read, a must!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful and Profound Piece by a Happy Feminist This short book is most definitely worth the read. I related to many of the things the author wrote, in a more subtle tone than her own experiences and the experiences of the other women she mentioned. Funny and powerful, Adichie covers the basics of feminism.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short & to the Point Flawless words from an intelligent & beautiful woman. Right to the point, with a poignant message.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Poignant message; well delivered and an interesting read.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super uplifting message I wish everyone could read this.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! Must read, really insightful.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read For Men and Women of All Ages! This book should be mandatory in schools. It outlines the importance of feminism in this day and age, questions traditional gender roles and so much more! Moreover, it stresses that not all feminists are loud, hairy and aggressive, men-hatting women. This is a must read for everyone, especially those who don't identify as feminists -- we should all be feminists! Only complaint: wish it was longer (it was such an easy and amazing read!) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend This is a book that should be read by many people
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everyone - MEN & WOMEN I absolutely loved every word of this book! I have reread it multiple times and appreciate it every single time. It is a must read for every woman as well as men. I have passed it to many of my girlfriends as I think it is important that they all read it and they have all been inspired and enjoyed it as much as I have. BRAVO Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Important! This is a basic book to every feminist or anyone interested in feminism.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important Basic feminism for everybody.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eloquent and important... I really enjoyed this speech in written format, although I do think listening to Adichie deliver it herself is far more impactful. I respect the perspective on gender presented in this essay: different but equal. The idea that gender discrimination against women has a negative impact on boys and men is something I think more people need to explore within feminism because I truly believe it makes the fight for equal rights even more important. Modern society in general suffers when one sex is elevated over the other. As someone interested in both history and cultural anthropology, I particularly enjoyed the point regarding the historical need for male leaders. The contrast between the past and present - physical strength vs. intellectual strength in leaders - added a very interesting element for me. I don't believe many other people have spoken so eloquently on feminism and I think the humour woven throughout makes the topic more accessible to people who might otherwise avoid reading about feminism. I could go on and on about my thoughts; but, this review would end up longer than the book...
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much yes I love this. Clear, concise and brilliant. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! So empowering and would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Everyone of every race and gender should read this book
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required reading A short, powerful, and excellent discussion of feminism. I'm glad this book exists!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little book, big punch! This little book packs a big punch. It is strong, concise and fair in its platform. Chimamanda speaks in an unbiased and accessible way to readers and viewers alike in her books and Ted talks. Very inspiring. I recently saw her on a BBC interview just after Trump's win, debating with a US Republican about his comments that Trump was not racist. She managed to deliver her message with such poise and grace; she does not silence the message like other feminists sometimes do.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read We should all read this book! Quick yet impactful read that will inspire anyone. Great gift idea!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We Should All Own This Book Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie breaks down feminism in terms that are accessible to anybody, and this would make the perfect gift for the young, aspiring feminist in your life (or anyone for that matter). Also, check out her TED Talk which this is based on. It's a great intro to her work, and you should also check out her other stuff!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Read I think the title and content are self explanatory. High praise for Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie from me.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! Yes! Yes! Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie is both articulate and insightful in demonstrating the universal need for feminism. This essay draws on personal experience and rhetoric that is neither preachy or patronizing. A wonderful essay that should be read by anyone with a pulse.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and fast This is a great place to start for those looking to begin studying or just exposing themselves to more feminism.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick, easy & powerful read It really doesn't take long to read. Worth it reading the transcript instead of watching the Ted Talk
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful I'm proud to have read this book. It may seem small but it has a very large, powerful message that everyone can benefit from reading.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read This essay is a must-read for both men and women in today's society. We should all make more of an effort to educate ourselves on what it truly means to be a feminist.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and to the Point I first heard of Adiche during a lecture in Women's Studies. I saw her tedtalk which is the speech version of this book. It is so powerful and well done. She is so articulate and to the point. Her writing (and speech) is also enjoyable. I think that she relates not only to women but equally to men in her arguments. I also like that her message is purely about equality, it is not anti-man in anyway. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! I loved Adichie's strong and smart voice and am proud to have this little volume in my collection. I only wish it was much longer, both to flesh out some of her ideas and to spend more time with her words. She covered some powerful ground with simple ideas. What if women weren't afraid to be "girly" and knew that they would be treated the same if they showed up to a meeting in a floral dress as they would if they were in a suit? What if men weren't expected to pay for dinner on dates? What if "feminism" stopped being considered a term that only referenced "angry women who hate men"? I'm thrilled that she spoke in defence of sensitive men who are consistently pressured to be "hard" and masculine even in the face of a changing, progressive era (which clearly still requires more change but at the very least, we are pointing in a better direction for the most part). One of the most common misconceptions about the term "feminism" is that it pertains solely to women. I loved Adichie's powerful dismissal of that idea. And that's only one of the great points. The thought that my future children will be brought up, both equally expected to split costs on their dates, or to not accept any professional gender preference is something I'm very proud of. This woman is brilliant and I can't wait to read more of her work.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We should all be feminists I had seen the particular TEDx talk that this little gem is taken from where Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech commanded my attention from the get go, and I was left very impressed and contemplative over her words. Reading this was just as impactful an experience - I read it in Adichie's voice and pictured her speaking directly to me once more. That is a testament to her as a distinctive voice of reasoning and as an intellectual figure who formulates and articulates her thoughts and opinions with logical persuasion. Most importantly are the points she brings up on feminism, on gender roles, and on the cultural influences that must change to bring about equal progression. While they are sometimes presented on a cursory level in this adapted form, I really admired her openness in sharing her experiences, adding a very personal touch to the issue. If we change how we teach our children to treat each other with respect so that they don't grow up with a skewed and outdated perspective of how things should be, if every one of us step up and speak out when we come into contact with unequal treatment, then we can bring about change. Because things should change, and we should all be feminists.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feminism is all of our jobs. As only a novelist can, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie raises imaginative questions. So rather than blather on, let's quote some of her most insightful thoughts: "We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage. ... But by far the worst thing we do to males - by making them feel they have to be hard - is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The harder a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is. And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males." (pp. 26-27) Yes. Yes. Yes. This is a bigger version of the "let's not teach women to avoid rape, let's teach men not to rape" argument. Let's change the way men see women, especially by changing the way men see themselves, and all their relationships. Why should women have to do all the heavy feminist lifting? Time for us guys to do our equal part. "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 is was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded." (p. 41) This is a challenge. My bedrock has always been our shared human dignity. Obviously feminism is part of that, but for me our humanity comes first. Everything else flows from that. So I'm forced to ponder this for a while. Which is the mark of a great book.
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yassssss She she did it--PERFECTLY!!!!
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short and to the point Adichie lays it out why people globally should embrace feminism. Why do we as a society distance ourselves from this concept when many of us share its ideals? Like socialism and liberalism, some people cannot handle or argue with the true meanings, preferring to trash the entire concepts. This essay speaks to why we should all be feminists, and work to address societal shortcomings.
Date published: 2014-07-30

Read from the Book

INTRODUCTION This is a modified version of a talk I delivered in December 2012 at TEDxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa. Speakers from diverse fields deliver concise talks aimed at challenging and inspiring Africans and friends of Africa. I had spoken at a different TED conference a few years before, giving a talk titled ‘The Danger of the Single Story’ about how stereotypes limit and shape our thinking, especially about Africa. It seems to me that the word feminist, and the idea of feminism itself, is also limited by stereotypes. When my brother Chuks and best friend Ike, both co-organizers of the TEDxEuston conference, insisted that I speak, I could not say no. I decided to speak about feminism because it is something I feel strongly about. I suspected that it might not be a very popular subject, but I hoped to start a necessary conversation. And so that evening as I stood onstage, I felt as though I was in the presence of family – a kind and attentive audience, but one that might resist the subject of my talk. At the end, their standing ovation gave me hope....WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS Okoloma was one of my greatest childhood friends. He lived on my street and looked after me like a big brother: if I liked a boy, I would ask Okoloma’s opinion. Okoloma was funny and intelligent and wore cowboy boots that were pointy at the tips. In December 2005, in a plane crash in southern Nigeria, Okoloma died. It is still hard for me to put into words how I felt. Okoloma was a person I could argue with, laugh with and truly talk to. He was also the first person to call me a feminist.I was about fourteen. We were in his house, arguing, both of us bristling with half- baked knowledge from the books we had read. I don’t remember what this particular argument was about. But I remember that as I argued and argued, Okoloma looked at me and said, ‘You know, you’re a feminist.’ It was not a compliment. I could tell from his tone – the same tone with which a person would say, ‘You’re a supporter of terrorism.’ I did not know exactly what this word feminist meant. And I did not want Okoloma to know that I didn’t know. So I brushed it aside and continued to argue. The first thing I planned to do when I got home was look up the word in the dictionary.Now fast-forward to some years later. In 2003, I wrote a novel called Purple Hibiscus, about a man who, among other things, beats his wife, and whose story doesn’t end too well. While I was promoting the novel in Nigeria, a journalist, a nice, well-meaning man, told me he wanted to advise me. (Nigerians, as you might know, are very quick to give unsolicited advice.) He told me that people were saying my novel was feminist, and his advice to me – he was shaking his head sadly as he spoke – was that I should never call myself a feminist, since feminists are women who are unhappy because they cannot find husbands. So I decided to call myself a Happy Feminist.

Editorial Reviews

“Nuanced and rousing.” —Vogue 
 
“Adichie is so smart about so many things.” —San Francisco Chronicle