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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions




Remember Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's feminist manifesto that was published on her facebook page in October 2016? It had 'fifteen suggestions' on how to raise a feminist child, including: 
'be a full person' (not being defined solely by motherhood); 'do it together' (because parenting should not be done solely by the mother); 'teach her that "gender roles" is absolute nonsense (because truth); 'beware the danger of what I call Feminism Lite' (which 'uses the language of "allowing"'); 'teach Chizalum how to read' (because awesome); 'teach her to question language' (because important) ... ' 
Well, her powerful statement, which was written as a letter to a friend, is soon to be published - March 7 to be exact. 


                                                   UK cover                                                                              USA and Canada cover


And here's the blurb
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. 'Dear Ijeawele' is Adichie's letter of response. 
Compelling, direct, wryly funny and perceptive, the 15 suggestions in 'Dear Ijeawele' offer specifics on how to empower daughters to become strong, independent women. Here, too, are ways parents can raise their children - both sons and daughters - beyond a culture's limiting gender perceptions. 'Dear Ijeawele' goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

1 comments:

  1. How did I miss this? I think I'm following the wrong people on Facebook.

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