In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
This is an adaptation of a TEDxEuston talk that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave in 2012.
A quick 45 minute listen where Adichie talks about her views on what feminism is (and isn’t). Exploring simple yet powerful ways we can advocate for ourselves, others, and being intentional with raising our children.
I’m definitely interested in listening to more of her writing.
Adichie narrates this herself. She has a pleasant and passionate speaking voice that’s easy to listen to.
About the author:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father was a professor and her mother was the first female Registrar. She studied medicine for a year at Nsukka and then left for the US at the age of 19 to continue her education on a different path. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Communication and Political Science.
She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in African History from Yale University. She was awarded a Hodder fellowship at Princeton University for the 2005-2006 academic year, and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year. In 2008, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.
She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, SOAS University of London, American University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Skidmore College and University of Johannesburg.
You can connect with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie here:
My Favorite Quotes
“If we do something over and over, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over, it becomes normal.”
“We have evolved. But our ideas of gender have not evolved very much.”
“What if both boys and girls were raised not to link masculinity and money?”
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”