I have a confession to make: I too first learned about Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie through Beyoncé. But however you stumbled upon her work, Adichie is a force not just in literature but in culture at large. Seriously, her book We Should All Be Feminists should be required reading. (And oh wait, it already is in Sweden.)
Now she’s back with another required tome for us all. The set-up: A friend asked her how to raise a feminist daughter. In true writer fashion, Adichie wrote a long letter that she’s now turning into a book.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions really lays out how to raise a feminist child of any gender. Its advice doesn’t come as magical tips, but rather practical guidelines.
Most of the advice seems like basic sense if you’re already in feminism for the long haul. But for parents trying to build a praxis from the ground up, I can definitely see this being useful.
A few snippets of the book, provided by NPR, showcase Adichie’s clear and precise instructions:
Even if you’re not raising a child, these are still good things to remember in your own life. How to live a feminist life not just in what you buy but how you treat others and, well, yourself. That’s something that’s timeless, yet Adichie knows just how to lay these things out for a modern audience.