Literature | We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Blurb – ‘I would like to ask that we begin to dream about a plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how we start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently…’
This short yet powerful essay, adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk by the same name, is a must-read that serves to educate the masses on what it means to be a Feminist (and why of course, why we should all be one).
We, rightly or wrongly, live in a world full of labels. Some we place on ourselves, but most are placed on us by others – through history, society, culture, life experiences and so forth. And as a result of some of these labels, inequality exists and persists. But it does not have to be this way.
When I think about all the things I have been able to achieve and experience in life, I could not even begin to imagine being told that I could not simply because of my gender. Chimamanda’s essay highlights the fact that for some, even in the present, being stopped from achieving their full potential because of their gender remains a reality for some.
Thus, through We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda reminds us that we all have a part to play in creating equality and refusing to let anything stand in the way of our girls reaching their full potential. We have a responsibility in teaching our girls and our boys. We have a responsibility to change the narrative.
Have you read ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ yet? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!