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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 invaluable suggestions -- compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive -- 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. This 80-page manifesto will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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"Adichie has partly written Dear Ijeawele to reclaim the word feminism from its abusers and misusers. Her advice is not only to provide children with alternatives — to empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be — but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference....Her understanding of feminism is intertwined with her understanding that we all want to be more than one thing.” — Emma Brockes, The Guardian

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Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN 152473313X
Publication Date Mar 7, 2017
Publisher Knopf
Language English