Book Reviews

We Should All Be Feminists – Book Review

  • Author: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
  • Genre: Essays
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st edition (9 October 2014)
  • Language: English

My Review

“We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”

Feminism is a burning topic across all the geographies. The intellectuals – men and women alike – are found brainstorming and debating on this critical subject. All of them have their own perspectives which they imbibed in themselves as their experiences got internalized. That’s how they came to form opinions and grow in a culture. But does this culture stands fine today? Does our definition of feminism stand in the right place?

A feminist is a person who believes in the economic, political and social equality of the sexes.

Such a wonderful and apt definition put forth by Chimamanda. It struck me right at the place where it should have. And reading it made me realize that the main problem with us is that we live in our illusional worlds with absolutely dismal misinterpretations of this word ‘feminist.’ Through her personal and brazen account, the author attempts to bring us to a table and initiate a conversation. Through this book, she delves in our system and culture as she goes on to articulate her experiences and observations.

With the use of subtle language and impeccable finesse, she drives home the point of equality of sexes. She advocates the voice of women to be heard and the need to give it a room. She raises her issue with the growing intellectual society’s archaic views and bashes them with her pointed arguments.

This book is a powerful work on an important subject where we should note that men and women are humans and we should all be proud feminists!



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