This Little Book Has it All

Have you ever wished you could find a book that succinctly describes feminism today and why we still very much need it? This book, We Should All Be Feminists, accomplishes just that. It touches on a plethora of topics and gives you the words to describe what you’ve always been thinking but couldn’t always articulate. And it’s a great, quick resource for you ladies and guys out there who would like to know, what’s the big deal about feminism. I highly recommend it. For every conversation with family members, friends, or strangers who don’t get feminism, I wish I could just pull this little book out and say, “Here, just read this.”

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Check it out! It’s a quick read: I read it in about 20 minutes, it’s that succinct and fantastic. I was reading it while waiting for my clothes to dry at the laundry mat and was trying not to yell out my approval, since I was in public. But if I did, I would have stood up in my chair at every other sentence and shouted, “Yeah!” and “Exactly!”and “that’s what I’ve been saying!” and “Gah, right?!!”

There’s a reason this is the book that all 16- year-old students, male and female, are given, for free, in Sweden. This should be required reading for students here in the U.S too, because,

“If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

feministI would like to leave a quote, from one of the most influential feminists out there: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. For those of you who might not be familiar with her, she has written several critically acclaimed books, including Americanah, which earned a spot as one of the New York Times Top 10 Books of the Year, her Tedx Talk about feminism has been viewed over 2.3 million times on YouTube alone, and she is famously quoted in one of Beyoncé’s songs, which helped her influence sky-rocket. Her impact stretches far and wide as a champion for women’s rights. She states what it means to be a feminist eloquently:

“For me, feminism is about justice. I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world that is more just. I’m a feminist because I want to live in a world where a woman is never told that she can or cannot or should or should not do anything because she is a woman. I want to live in a world where men and women are happier. Where they are not constrained by gender roles. I want to live in a world where men and women are truly equal. And that’s why I’m a feminist….Mostly, I hope very soon that one day we will not need to be feminists. Because we will live in a world that is truly just and equal.”