Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Read: August 2018
This is definitely the shortest book I’ve ever read. That’s actually the reason I read it. I used this book to fulfill a prompt for a readathon. I participated in the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon, hosted by Book Roast, in August. This was the second readathon after the O.W.L.s, held in April, based off the Harry Potter series and the tests they take in the books.
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So the prompt I used this for was the challenge to read a book under 160 pages. This is only 52 pages and it’s the written version of Adichie’s TED Talk. I hadn’t heard the Talk (I still need to), but I was interested in what Adichie had to say about the topic. I found this book because, when I asked about books under 160 pages, someone on Twitter recommended it for me. I’m really glad that they did.
The person more qualified to lead is not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative. And there are no hormones for those attributes. A man is as likely as a woman to be intelligent, innovative, creative. We have evolved. But our ideas of gender have not evolved very much.
– We Should All Be Feminists, pg. 18
I’ve never read a book with the topic of feminism. As a woman in 2018, I feel like it’s expected of me to want to read everything that supports feminism. It’s not that I don’t want to, I just prioritize other books (specifically novels) over these types of works.
I’ve also never read a book that was initially a speech, or something of that nature. I’m still interested in how this book compares to Adichie’s speech. Was this the speech that she wrote? Or did she add in words? How did she give this speech? What words did she put emphasis on? Writing this review, I’m now really curious about it and I need to watch her TED Talk as soon as possible!
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the insight into a different sort of feminism. By that I mean not in an American setting with American culture, which is what I’m used to hearing about. Going into this, I wasn’t sure what it would really be about. Yes, I knew it was Adichie giving a speech about how we should all be feminists. But that could be for any amount of reasons. And it’s 52 pages, I don’t know how long of a speech that makes, but that’s more than I could.
I am just as human as the man, just as worthy of acknowledgement.
– We Should All Be Feminists, pg. 20
I liked that this speech sounds like a friend talking to you. Adichie’s voice feels very casual and comfortable. It’s informative, yet in a way that doesn’t feel preachy or too stiff. It’s so easy to read, too! It took me under an hour to read this and I sped through it. When it comes to nonfiction, I tend to read it slower and sometimes I need to read it aloud. But that wasn’t the case for We Should All Be Feminists. A lot of this book takes examples and stories from Adichie’s life. I think that was why it was so easy to read. I love hearing about people’s lives and their stories, which is why I enjoy nonfiction so much, and I liked reading the stories in this book. Everything feels more real, even closer to home, when you can read about real people.
I tabbed so many pages and sections. I tried to annotate and mark the passages that I really loved. The problem was that I really loved all of it. As I said it’s such a short book to read, but it carries a lot of weight. I have two more books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on my shelf/TBR. I am looking forward to picking both of them up as soon as possible!
Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.
– We Should All Be Feminists, pg.46
Have you read We Should All Be Feminists? Have you heard Adichie’s TedTalk? Have you read any other works by Adichie? Let me know down in the comments!