There’s no reason why “feminism” should still be such a dirty word in the year 2016, and yet, somehow, it is.
For every glamorous celebrity speaking out about the importance of leveling the playing field for women, there’s some new horror uncovered, some endlessly frustrating issue that shows we still have a long way to go to make that happen.
In fighting the good fight, it’s particularly important to not shut down the experiences of others. All women experience their femininity and their struggles differently, and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has done a beautiful job explaining that sentiment — not just in terms of feminism, but also in the broader terms of the stereotypes that lead towards unjust depictions of people of any culture or creed. If you haven’t seen her TED Talk called “The Danger of a Single Story,” do it. Now.
Her book-length essay “We Should All Be Feminists” is based on another TED Talk in which she specifically addresses the issues facing women in her home country, many of which are issues that resonate with women all over the world. It’s a great conversation-starter I’ll be keeping on my coffee table in the hopes of sparking ideas and discussion among friends (plus the cover art is so bright and beautiful!). If you need a quick, smart read, definitely pick up a copy and share it with a friend or family member or even a stranger when you’re done. I saw someone reading this on the train the other day and gave them a mental high five because, really, we should all be reading this book.