I have some suggestions for how to raise Chizalum. But remember that you might do all the things I suggest, and she will still turn out to be different from what you hoped, because sometimes life just does its thing. What matters is that you try.
In We Should All be Feminists, her eloquently argued and much admired essay of 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proposed that if we want a fairer world we need to raise our sons and daughters differently. Here, in this remarkable new book, Adichie replies by letter to a friend’s request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist. With its fifteen pieces of practical advice it goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century.
Reviews of Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions
Praise for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:
‘The book I’d press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future “world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves”’ Books of the Year, Independent
‘A writer with a great deal to say’ The Times
‘Here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.’ Chinua Achebe
‘Adiche [has] virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity’ Dave Eggers
‘Adichie is terrific on human interactions … Adichie’s writing always has an elegant shimmer to it … Wise, entertaining and unendingly perceptive’ Independent on Sunday
‘[Adichie] is recording the history of her country. She is fortunate – and we, her readers, are even luckier.’ Edmund White