Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780735273405
Characteristics: 63 pages ;,19 cm.

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jeanlh Aug 16, 2018

This is a book that every new, and old, parent should read. I would argue that it is a guide to raising a child to be a decent human being, along with raising strong girls. There is some good all round advice about being a new parent. I also found myself reflecting on my life and how being "a girl" shaped it. Adichie is very good at getting to heart of things, of making things plain.

OPL_ErinD May 02, 2018

This is one of those books that I wish I could fold up and always carry with me. I have the urge to just clutch it to my chest and dole out bits of its wisdom when needed. In Dear Ijeawele, Adichie offers her 15 suggestions for raising a feminist daughter, told in the form of a letter to a childhood friend who recently became a mother. But this is a book not just for mothers of daughters, but mothers of sons, and fathers, and childless men and women, this is a book for everyone.

ArapahoeJenny Mar 29, 2018

The perfect gift for a mother! This short, wonderful book made me want to stand up and say YES!

OPL_MelanieS Mar 14, 2018

An inspiring, succinct essay with advice on how to raise and empower young girls to be strong women. The themes are equally important for raising feminist boys.

LPL_ShirleyB Jan 09, 2018

This profound advice may empower us all with courage and optimism! Explicitly, this book gives the author's friend--a new mother of a baby girl--concrete, how-to advice for raising an empowered woman in 63 pages or an hour of spoken audiobook.

DPLjennyp Dec 19, 2017

Like Coates' "Between the World and Me" for girls, Adichie here shares a letter she wrote for a friend’s newborn daughter sharing her thoughts about being a woman in today’s world. Now more topical than ever, I wish everyone would read this small, powerful book.

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SmartyJo
Aug 07, 2017

This slim book is full of wisdom for teaching your child how to view herself as someone who matters - even when the overt and subtle patriarchal forces would lead her to see herself as less than. I found her words so affirming of the thoughts and questions I had as a child trying to get a perspective on the world, e.g. why did being born with a vagina make one more suited to do housework or why women routinely changed their names when they married, losing their identity behind the title of Mrs. John Doe. I shared this book and audiobook with my two teenage daughters and recommended it to many of my friends and co-workers.

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pterry25
Jul 31, 2017

Easy to read, understand. Should be a part of every baby shower for the new parent(s). Whether the child is a boy or a girl, whether the parent is a father or a mother. All could benefit.

KateHillier Jun 03, 2017

A letter to a friend's infant daughter with suggestions on how to raise a feminist. I think this is going to be filed away in my head for the next baby shower I attend. Quick read, easy read, and an important one.

multcolib_alisonk May 31, 2017

So much of the advice in this short read feels like common sense, and then you look up from the book, and around at the world and realize why Adichie was compelled to write it. Fingers crossed that this book appears as a gift at baby showers, rather than the ubiquitous tiny clothing in pink, or blue for that matter.

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