Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Hardcover)
Some time ago, a friend of the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked for her advice on how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Lucky for us, Adichie has shared a version of her fifteen suggestions in this book. Tender, funny, and hopeful, this manifesto made me laugh out loud, cry, and linger on each page. Adichie offers a fresh take on parenting advice and direct examples of how to teach feminism. Revolutionary and charming, Dear Ijeawele is a short, yet powerful statement on creating a fairer world that parents, teachers, and those with a stake in the growth of young people will want to keep on hand. -Katie— From Spring Booknotes 2017
New York Times Best Seller
From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend.
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can -allow- women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
About the Author
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and Granta. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; Americanah, which won the NBCC Award and was a New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essay We Should All Be Feminists. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.