Book Recommendation: Dear Ijeawele

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, known for the best-selling Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists has brought forth a precious nugget of a book with Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Another, short and poignant adaption of the author’s work in another format, this book first came to life as a letter written in response to a friends’s solicitation of advice on how to raise her child as a feminist.

Adichie does not disappoint, delivering fifteen thoughtful and powerful suggestions that might lead to a world more inclusive and equal. Her writing is accessible and friendly, oozing the inclusiveness she strives to create, while drawing a firm, unapologetic line against sexism. From the rejection of conditional female equality to the avoidance of language like “princess” that assumes qualities and expectations for a woman (“of her delicacy, of the prince who will come to save her”), Adichie’s well-reasoned and well-argued suggestions inspire the reader to believe in a world where no one will feel coerced, threatened, or second-rate as a result of their gender.

We should all read this book and strive to incorporate the suggestions into our lives.