Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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Chimamanda's observations about contemporary feminism in fifteen suggestions to a friend, the new mother of a baby girl. This book is an expansion of the ideas the author began to explore in her bestselling manifesto, We Should All Be Feminists. How can I raise my child to be a feminist? This seemingly simple question is the starting point for an inspiring letter that offers fifteen world-changing yet practical suggestions. This short work rings out in Chimamanda's voice: infused with deep honesty, clarity, strength, and love, winding itself around the complexities of the world and revealing them to us anew. In her letter, she speaks to the important work of raising a girl in today's world, and provides her readers with a clear proposal for inclusive, nuanced thinking. Here we have not only a rousing manifesto, but a powerful gift for all people invested in the idea of creating a just society -- an endeavour that is now more important than ever.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780735273405
Characteristics: 63 pages


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May 17, 2019

Read this book with your significant other! It brings up extremely important conversations and is very enriching to the relationship in whatever way necessary.

Read this book alone! It brings up extremely important topics to think deeply on as a human being.

Read this book aloud with a friend on a road trip! That's what I did, and it was phenomenal.

Apr 23, 2019

An insightful and succinct list of suggestions on how we might alter our behaviours and words to advance gender parity; told through a personal and friendly voice. A quick little read that's well worth it.

Jan 25, 2019

Good present for girl's baby showers. Let's stop screwing up our daughters.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 16, 2019

A must read to better ourselves.

jeanlh Aug 16, 2018

This is a book that every new, and old, parent should read. I would argue that it is a guide to raising a child to be a decent human being, along with raising strong girls. There is some good all round advice about being a new parent. I also found myself reflecting on my life and how being "a girl" shaped it. Adichie is very good at getting to heart of things, of making things plain.

OPL_ErinD May 02, 2018

This is one of those books that I wish I could fold up and always carry with me. I have the urge to just clutch it to my chest and dole out bits of its wisdom when needed. In Dear Ijeawele, Adichie offers her 15 suggestions for raising a feminist daughter, told in the form of a letter to a childhood friend who recently became a mother. But this is a book not just for mothers of daughters, but mothers of sons, and fathers, and childless men and women, this is a book for everyone.

ArapahoeStaff11 Mar 29, 2018

The perfect gift for a mother! This short, wonderful book made me want to stand up and say YES!

OPL_MelanieS Mar 14, 2018

An inspiring, succinct essay with advice on how to raise and empower young girls to be strong women. The themes are equally important for raising feminist boys.

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 09, 2018

This profound advice may empower us all with courage and optimism! Explicitly, this book gives the author's friend--a new mother of a baby girl--concrete, how-to advice for raising an empowered woman in 63 pages or an hour of spoken audiobook.

DPLjennyp Dec 19, 2017

Like Coates' "Between the World and Me" for girls, Adichie here shares a letter she wrote for a friend’s newborn daughter sharing her thoughts about being a woman in today’s world. Now more topical than ever, I wish everyone would read this small, powerful book.

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