Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. 'Dear Ijeawele' is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen suggestions for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It can start a conversation about what it really means to be a woman today
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524733131
Branch Call Number: 305.42 Adichie 2017
Characteristics: 63 pages ; 19 cm


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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.

Aug 07, 2017

This slim book is full of wisdom for teaching your child how to view herself as someone who matters - even when the overt and subtle patriarchal forces would lead her to see herself as less than. I found her words so affirming of the thoughts and questions I had as a child trying to get a perspective on the world, e.g. why did being born with a vagina make one more suited to do housework or why women routinely changed their names when they married, losing their identity behind the title of Mrs. John Doe. I shared this book and audiobook with my two teenage daughters and recommended it to many of my friends and co-workers.

KateHillier Jun 03, 2017

A letter to a friend's infant daughter with suggestions on how to raise a feminist. I think this is going to be filed away in my head for the next baby shower I attend. Quick read, easy read, and an important one.

multcolib_alisonk May 31, 2017

So much of the advice in this short read feels like common sense, and then you look up from the book, and around at the world and realize why Adichie was compelled to write it. Fingers crossed that this book appears as a gift at baby showers, rather than the ubiquitous tiny clothing in pink, or blue for that matter.

liljables May 28, 2017

If you're a parent, if you know any parents, or if you ever interact with children, this is a must-read. The 60-odd pages of "Dear Ijeawele" will fly by, and you'll have fifteen lessons/suggestions/reminders for the next time you speak to a child (girl or boy). Don't pass this book by, even if you've already read "We Should All Be Feminists". Adichie makes some new points in this book, and looks at feminism through a different lens: how to raise a child as a feminist, rather than why all adults should participate in this movement. Adichie is funny, succinct, and always poignant.

May 19, 2017

She just has SUCH a gift for being clear and concise on the issues of socialization we face as women. I wish I had had an example like her growing up but I use her words to help with my own children, both boys and girls. She cuts through all the debates and denial about the position of women in the world and teaches us how to change things one step at a time. Amazing woman.

DBRL_KatSU May 16, 2017

I read "We Should All be Feminists" a while ago, and when I heard Adichie would be following up with another feminist manifesto I was beyond excited. I read this quickly (it's short, so no surprise there), on my kindle. I found myself highlighting SO many passages. It might have been easier to highlight all the text and un-highlight portions. Adichie put into simple words the thoughts I've tried to articulate so many times. While I'm a ways off from having children of my own, you can bet I'll be referring to this when the time comes.

Apr 24, 2017

I read it in one sitting at the library.
Wish I'd had this advice when my daughter was younger.
I've done so many things wrong.
"Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not 'if only.' Not 'as long as.' I matter equally. Full Stop."

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