Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


My Rating: 3 Stars

Title: We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Pub Date: July 29th, 2014

Publisher: Vintage

Pages: 52

For People Who Like: Quick Reads, TED Talks, Feminist Books

Bri’s Thoughts

I wish I had read this book when I was in middle school and didn’t even know what the word feminism meant because it sums it up very well in only 52 pages of large lettering. In fact, I would recommend sticking this into the pocket of someone who still doesn’t understand the concept because the stories she shares can be easily recognized by most people in their everyday lives.

I have to admit that when I ordered this from the library, I expected it to be much bigger than it was. And because I had already watched her Ted TAlk, I thought it might elaborate even more on what she talked about. However, it was more of a good, summarization of the talk in print form.

If you are thinking about reading this I would recommend reading it AND watching her Ted Talk, which I have linked below. I read Americanah by Chimamanda before this and have a lot of respect for her writing ability. If you haven’t read anything by her, you should! Her writing really is amazing and her ability to convey her message clearly is above and beyond.


What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.