Author of bestselling Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, Adichie inspires us with these quotes from her new must-read, Dear Ijeawele.
The "little book," as Adichie describes it, began as an email to a friend who was worried about raising a daughter in today's social climate. She asked Adichie for advice on raising a feminist daughter. The author responded with an email that eventually turned into a Facebook post that eventually turned into this book. A statement on womanhood, motherhood, and feminism today, Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is an essential read for anyone who is concerned with gender politics in the 21st century.
These 10 quotes from the book about feminism will inspire you.
1. “I don’t think of myself as a feminist activist… I think of myself fundamentally as a storyteller. I’m not a feminist activist; it’s not a label. I’m feminist, fiercely so. I will always be. I have always been.”
2. "I think it’s very important that a woman start out with the premise that she matters equally. I think that’s really important. And if you start out with that premise, then the decisions you make will fall into place, in a way. I say that because I think many societies condition women to think of themselves as just slightly below men, and then it makes it easier to justify many of the things women are deprived of. And we decide to say, the premise is different. The premise is full equality."
3. "Feminism isn’t a cloak that I put on in the morning and take off at certain times. It’s who I am. I look at the world through eyes that are very alert to gender injustice, and I always will."
4. "I would often think to myself, 'Why are women and girls made to care about people who they genuinely don’t care about?'"
5. "It’s not about individual women; it’s about a system."
6. "I know I’m able to have empathy for men who have been assaulted, who’ve suffered. I don’t need to imagine that they’re my brother or my husband."
7. "The whole goal of feminism is to become redundant. My dream is for a world where I won’t have to call myself a feminist because there will be gender justice. And to get there, it has to be a mass movement."
8. "I’ve been a feminist since I was old enough to think, really. I’ve always been the kind of person who thinks that men and women are equal, full stop."
9. "I find that I’m lonely in my rage about sexism. And that loneliness informs my rage."
10. "I don’t want to sit with someone who thinks that women are objects. I just don’t want to."