An instant feminist classic, and perfect gift for all parents, women, and people working towards gender equality. Here is a brilliant, beautifully readable, and above all practical expansion of the ideas this iconic author began to explore in her bestselling manifesto, We Should All Be Feminists.
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking how to raise her new baby girl a feminist.
Although she has written and spoken out widely about feminism, Adichie wasn't sure how to advise her friend Ijeawele. But as a person who'd babysat, had loved her nieces and nephews, and now, too, was the mother of a daughter herself, she thought she would try. So she sent Ijeawele a letter with some suggestions--15 in all--which she has now decided to share with the world.
Compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive, Dear Ijeawele offers specifics on how we can empower our daughters to become strong, independent women. Here, too, are ways parents can raise their children--both sons and daughters--beyond a culture's limiting gender prescriptions. This short, sharp work rings out in Chimamanda's voice: infused with deep honesty, clarity, strength, and above all love. She speaks to the important work of raising a girl in today's world, and provides her readers with a clear proposal for inclusive, nuanced thinking. Here we have not only a rousing manifesto, but a powerful gift for all people invested in the idea of creating a just society--an endeavour now more urgent and important than ever.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a talent for writing like she speaks and for making her readers feel like dear friends. This slim, invigorating book deserves a spot in every library, but especially in every parent’s collection. The author of We Should All Be Feminists wrote Dear Ijeawele as a missive to a Nigerian friend who wrote to her seeking advice on how to raise a feminist daughter. It’s full of clear anecdotes and actionable advice on speaking and acting in a way that supports true gender equality.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
As a mother of three sons and a daughter I was most affected by the fact that the fifteen suggestions for raising a feminist were essentially genderless. That all children will benefit by being raised keeping these suggestions in mind.