A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
I don’t think I have ever read something that has left such a lasting impression. And in just 60 pages! Just wow!
This is a book that will require very little of your time but will change your thinking and perception of what it is to be a woman for a very long time. It is beyond empowering and eye opening for men and women alike.
The tone of voice and wit throughout the whole book is excellent and I love how unapologetically honest it is. Ngozi Adiche is not trying to ruffle feathers, she is just stating facts that are so obvious they shouldn't have to be stated but it just shows how even we as women are completely bought into the way society works today and it is not in favour of women.
I won’t say much more because I feel like the book should do its own talking. Everyone should read this. And I mean everyone!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'If we don't place the straitjacket of gender roles on young children, we give them space to reach their full potential. Please see them as an individual, not a boy or a girl.'