Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Read by January LaVoy

1.03 Hours 03/07/2017 unabridged
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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend. A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions—compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions—compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“January LaVoy’s narration of this short work is intentional, assertively warm, and grounded…The author offers fifteen suggestions; it’s LaVoy’s job to deliver them with decisive clarity. And she hits the mark.” AudioFile
“A volume as fierce and illuminating as bringing up a confident daughter, both with love at their core.” Oprah.com
“Adichie epitomizes and epistolizes our potential in Dear Ijeawele.Vanity Fair
“Her advice is not only to…empower boys and girls to understand there is no single way to be—but also to understand that the only universal in this world is difference.” Guardian (London)
“Adichie’s suggestions are logical and stated clearly, full of her dry wit, and range from the obvious to the bold….Powerful and life-affirming, offering wisdom for everyone.” Village Voice

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Author Bio: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of several novels. A 2003 O. Henry Prize winner, she was shortlisted for the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards and has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and the Iowa Review. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and longlisted for the Booker Award. She grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 1.03
Audience: Adult
Edition: English