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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

     by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

If Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest book reads like a letter between friends, that's because it is. When a close friend gave birth to a daughter, she asked the novelist to tell her how to raise her daughter to be a feminist. Adichie, a vocal feminist herself, did just that, laying out key points in what she calls a "feminist manifesto" that her friend could use as guideposts to raise her daughter as a strong woman who doesn't just believe in gender equality but embodies it. She illustrates her fifteen suggestions with anecdotes and memories that underscore how important it is to be mindful when raising children and how much farther society has to go before true gender equality is achieved. 

This short book tackles heavy issues with a lightness that makes it an easy, though powerful, read. Adichie's words are targeted at raising strong girls, but her message of gender equality is one that resonates for boys as well. She pokes holes in the casual sexism that is woven into the fabric of society and gives the new mother the tools she needs to build her daughter up in a world that often tries to knock her down.

Reviewed by ba, 06/17. Other reviews by ba.