Joe Bliven

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

August 1st, 2019

This was a great and quick read that I feel does a better job of getting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's perspective on feminism down on paper than "We Should All Be Feminists". She spends much less time using anecdotes to illustrate her points and much more time just getting to the point. She presents this essay as a list, breaking down feminist truths into individual pieces and offering alternatives to each truth. This essay makes every list item an opportunity to show a problem relating to gender in our society, how our society should look instead in regard to this point, and what we should be teaching future generations in order to achieve this change. It's at once a critique, a wish list and a game plan. This woman has a great perspective on how gender is treated in our society, it's clear she has put a lot of thought into these structures that many of us look past as "just the way it is". I recommend this essay to everyone but particularly to new parents or parents of young children as that is who she had in mind when this was written.