Title: Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Non Fiction – Social Issues
Summary: 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.
I picked this up on a whim after having enjoyed Adichie before when I read We Should All Be Feminists and I have to say that I enjoyed this one slightly more than WSABF. I have not read Adichie’s fiction despite owning two books but she does really great feminist essays, they’re engaging yet simple, getting to the bottom of the cultural issues that prevent women from being true feminists.
Adichie addresses full head the ‘soft’ feminism which continues to conform to the idea of inequality without realizing it, she also brings to light many issues culturally embedded that we might not even realize. It was such a great short read but also very quotable and easy to pass on to friends who have children or even grown adults that might need the basics. I like that this book is addressed to people who already consider themselves feminist, this is a step up or even a way to correct wrongful feminist ideas we might have.
Overall, a quick evening read that continues to explore Adichie’s ideas on feminism in a simple yet point-driven way.