Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions: The Inspiring Guide to Raising a Feminist Paperback – 8 March 2018
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‘Take note world. When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells you to listen, you listen’ Stylist
‘Dear Ijeawele reminds us that, in the history of feminist writing, it is often the personal and epistolary voice that carries the political story most powerfully – For me, the most powerful sentence in the book is its simplest, and comes in only the third paragraph. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie urges Ijeawele to remember to transmit to her daughter “the solid unbending belief that you start off with . . . Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not ‘if only’. Not ‘as long as’. I matter equally. Full stop.”..there is no doubt that if we raised all of our daughters to believe completely that they “matter equally”, to trust what they feel and think and to worry less about how they look and come across, we would soon find new ways to challenge the multiple injustices and indignities that still limit, and even wreck, so many women’s lives.’ New Statesman
Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
‘The book I'd press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future "world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves"’ Books of the Year, Independent
‘A writer with a great deal to say’ The Times
'Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe
‘Adiche [has] virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity’ Dave Eggers
The Inspiring Guide to Raising a Feminist
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- Publisher : Fourth Estate (8 March 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 000827570X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008275709
- Item Weight : 65 g
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 :-)