We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Key Takeaways & Thoughts

QOTD: – What do you think both men and women can do to help the Feminist movement?

The Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie puts forward the idea of feminism in a very easily understandable and relatable way here, in this book-length essay. This essay is originally adapted from the TedTalk by the same name which is available in YouTube for free to watch, by the way. The book itself came out in 2014 probably. The Tedtalk is more engaging than the book to be honest, the audience response and the author’s sense of humour and charisma made it very enjoyable indeed. The book itself is very small too, it’s around 50 small pages only.

Some of the key points taken from the essay:

My first introduction to feminism happened almost 6 years ago through this song ‘Flawless’ by Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I remember feeling so empowered after listening to the lyrics and the speech, both of their words resonated with me so much as a teenager. I’ve grown up idolizing them.

But as I’ve mentioned in the last slide already, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been accused of making transphobic remarks to the media in the recent  past. I urge you all to please be sensitive to the marginalized communities. That being said, this essay can be a basic introduction to Feminist literature.
One thing I love about this book is that it’s not preachy. It doesn’t preach you to be a Feminist. Instead the author talks about her many experiences being a girl growing up to explore the topic. This made whatever she’s trying to say, ten times more effective. Also, she talks about how feminism is not only for women, it’s for men too. This is a misconception I’ve seen in a lot of people, some ✨woke✨ people in social media preach about how feminism is about women being superior to men. I think this book will be suitable for people who are still new to the concept of feminism. If you already know enough about feminism, the book should be mostly the stuff that you already know though.

The book would have been way better and more impacting if she would have delved into the deeper aspects of feminism. I wanted it to talk about intersectional feminism a little bit too as this book only focuses on the gender binary. I would recommend this to people who are still new to the concept of feminism like I already said and I would also recommend this to beginners because it’s really small and really easy to get along.

Published by Richa

Just a girl trying to make sense of everything through books and arts🌼

18 thoughts on “We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie: Key Takeaways & Thoughts

  1. This is a very interesting topic. Haven’t looked much into it myself but definitely sounds like something we should learn more about and understand from different perspectives as well.


  2. Very different and interesting post . To be honest m actually new to the feminism .. heard this but never read it deeply . Thanks for review


  3. Woww Richa! Your writings style is so simple and effective. It’s easy to understand and I just love it. Thanks for introducing me to this book. I generally don’t read books(lack of time you know)but as you said it have only 50 pages,then I will definitely try this book. Thanks again.

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  4. Well feminism is surely not meant to make women greater than men just like people who aren’t feminist dont think they are greater than women. Feminist is a really tough term in today’s world because a lot of people get offended if one of the two already existing sexes are glorified. Let us just be good humans, to each other and for each other. And P.S. Chimamanda might not be the only author being targeted as transphobic, and all the accusations over the internet might not be the worth the battle


  5. Thank you so much for this review. I would love to read this book someday. People need to understand the meaning of feminism. Great and unique post. ♥️

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  6. You have beautifully penned this review. It’s very simple and effective way to explain the topic. But I will prefer to watch the tedtalk because it’s more lively.
    Thanks for this book review.


  7. Thanks for the review. Although I m kit a book reader myself but as it is a very short read. M gonna read it nd will let oder also know about it.. thanks for introducing us to such an important read..

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