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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions: The Inspiring Guide to Raising a Feminist Kindle Edition
“Wise and inspiring. Adichie, who has a daughter of her own, writes from experience in a voice that’s companionable and open. She addresses critical mother-daughter issues such as sex, clothes and makeup, and she espouses an attitude of self-determination when it comes to marriage and career. Her parental advice will stand the test of time.” —Julie Hale, Book Page
*“Excellent. Adichie shines light on gender issues in modern society through wise advice dispensed with droll wit and deep earnestness. Writing with tender conviction, she explains that to be a feminist, women do not have to give up their femininity. We may choose to be brides, but we should also be taught to be independent; a mother should remain her own person, [not] give up her identity. But it’s not just women learning to navigate the confusing waters of gender identity: Adichie also offers guidance for teaching men how to embrace feminism and reject rigid gender roles, too. VERDICT: A fast read and vital addition to all collections. Anyone interested in social change will enjoy.” —Vanessa Hughes, Library Journal (starred review)
“Raising a next-generation feminist is no small job, but Adichie approaches the task with tenderness in her forthright advice to a friend, Dear Ijeawele. Adichie envisions ways mothers can nurture strong girls, from rejecting traditional gender roles to leading by example (by simply being ‘a full person’). Dear Ijeawele is a volume as fierce and illuminating as bringing up a confident daughter, both with love at their core.” — Jordan Sebastian Bonner, Oprah.com, “2 Books About Being a Woman Everyone Needs to Read”
“Tips on how to raise the next gen to be gender equal. Read it, and then lend it to your friend who just had a kid. It'll take you an hour. And you'll be glad you did.” —Skimm Reads
“Adichie epitomizes and epistolizes our potential in Dear Ijeawele.” —Sloane Crosely, Vanity Fair
“Adichie’s suggestions are logical and stated clearly, full of her dry wit, and range from the obvious (‘Do it together’) to the bold (‘Reject likeability’). The more radical suggestions are the ones that encourage mothers to be complete human beings, not merely ‘hosts.’ And as much as this is a book written to mothers of daughters, fathers of daughters would benefit from reading it, too; parents in general would do well to try to raise children who won't have to grow up and read it at all . . . Powerful and life-affirming, offering wisdom for everyone.” —Nia Hampton, The Village Voice
“Personal and urgent . . . Adichie is passionate about equality. Her new book offers 15 ways that we can encourage girls to be strong, to plant seeds of feminism. But more than that, Adichie hopes the book will help ‘move us toward a world that is more gender equal.’ Doing so means knocking down ingrained assumptions about how men and women think and behave.” —Nora Krug, The Washington Post
“In We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie distilled the essence of feminism into a powerful treatise. Now, in Dear Ijeawele, she goes a step further and covers every feminist topic you can imagine–domestic chores, gendered language, female sexuality, objectification, race, and much more. I am amazed at Adichie’s ability to communicate so effectively and efficiently. If you liked We Should All Be Feminists, you will LOVE Dear Ijeawele.” —Kate Scott, Book Riot, “The Best Books We Read in February”
“Wise but funny and thought-provoking.” —Stephanie Topacio Long, Bustle, “The 20 Best Nonfiction Books Coming in March 2017”
“Adichie has partly written Dear Ijeawele to reclaim the word feminism from its abusers and misusers. Her advice is not only to provide children with alternatives—to empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be—but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference. Adichie is a brilliant novelist and a serious thinker, and she is also someone who makes no apology for her own trivial interests. Her understanding of feminism is intertwined with her understanding that we all want to be more than one thing.” —Emma Brockes, The Guardian (UK) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01MSXNNGX
- Publisher : Fourth Estate (7 March 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 515 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 81 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,616 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This tiny book by Adichie is a great starter on Feminism 101, something to teach you kids and remember yourself. This book was a letter from the author, to her friend who had asked her advice on raising her kid with feminist values and the writer delivers, in a fashion that is simple but hard hitting.
How important it is to be a feminist? Very!
I would suggest it to everyone raising a child or who would like to know the basics of the concept to dispel some of the myths propagated in the society (Feminists are man haters, etc.).
By no means is the book only for a girl, the same values and ethos apply to raise your boy as a feminist too.
By dipti david on 27 October 2020
As for Amazon's service, this book was delivered in time, was of good quality and a cheap price!
I highly recommend this book as it is more powerful than its size lets on. If I ever have the fortune of raising kids, this would be my bible.
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Adichie never claims to be an expert in what she talks about, but I loved her ideas, especially when it came down to choice and equality. Children should be able to CHOOSE what they want to play with. Boys and girls alike. The same applies to clothes, shoes, activities and dreams. Having worked in a kids shoe shop, I know I used to cringe when I heard mothers steer their little girls towards the pink sparkly pumps and away from the dinosaurs and train patterns that they claimed were 'meant for the boys'. Some girls LIKE dinosaurs and trains. I used to see plenty of boys wanting to wear the bright and shiny shoes and THAT'S OKAY. Let them be a princess if they want to, there is nothing more beautiful than a child's imagination! My only niggle was that because it was a letter, it included a lot of names and stories that I couldn't fully relate to. But I kind of liked that about it too. It was a letter that gave me hope and made me smile, and that was enough.
After ready this book, definitely there is a lot of thing I gonna pay attention while raising a boy. And in future, when I have a girl, this book will be a good guide for me.
I'm going to share with all my friends so they can change they way they raising their daughters and sons.
Thank you Chimamanda :-)